Fire destroys old family home


SPLENDORA- A Thursday house fire on FM 2090 finished what Hurricane Ike had begun.
The wood frame home in the 20500 block of FM 2090 near Vera Ln., between Splendora and Grangerland, was uninsurable, according to owner Kathy Stringfellow, because it was it was very old and made of pine. The old house burned quickly, despite the efforts of the Splendora and Grangerland Volunteer Fire Departments.

The home, which belonged to her grandmother, was moved to Stringfellow’s property about nine years ago after her grandmother died. She was in the process of remodeling the place, with the inside finished, when Hurricane Ike ripped the roof off and allowed water to pour in.

Since Ike, Stringfellow had started over, tearing down wet sheetrock and moving out damaged furniture. Unfortunately, Stringfellow’s mobile home which was pressed against the back of the old house, was also heavily damaged by the fire. Stringfellow lived there with her son, small granddaughter, and a rat terrier that was rescued by firefighters who cut a hole in one of the walls to save him. The dog was covered in melted plastic, but seemed to be all right after drinking a large amount of water.

Stringfellow was not home when the fire began, but rushed there after a friend called.

The Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

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