Community Reaches Out To Fire Victims

Kristen Lowe
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY- Teresa Howery's daughter and her husband have worked for years to turn their property into the home they loved.

"When I think about how it started out as a little dumpy trailer, and all the work they put into building a beautiful home, and now it's gone," Howery said.

Last week, a fire destroyed their home. It broke out just after midnight Thursday when the family was asleep. Their neighbor, Jake Wells, spotted the fire. He ran over and started banging on the door.

"I just reacted instinctively I guess," Wells said. "Just helping someone out. Nothing anyone else wouldn't have done."

Thankfully, everyone got out safely. But everything else was destroyed.

"Jake is a true hero," Howery said. "He's our family's angel. Had it not been for them, Mackinzie, Owen and Jose would not be here."

But their angel is not stopping there. Now he's gathering friends, family and neighbors to help clean up the mess that's left behind.

"We're going to get the house demolished, cleaned up, and hauled off for them, so they can move on to the next chapter," Wells said.

The next chapter, symbolized by Jose taking out the first wall.

"I believe everything happens for a reason, I truly believe that in my heart," Howery said. "Something good will come out of this, because that's way it works."

Several local businesses have also come forward, donating backhoes, trailers and tools to make the clean up days possible.

"I feel like it's my obligation by God to be out here, because we're all a family," Jody Mitchan, owner of Permian Basin Diesel, said. "The way I see it, I'm out here for a purpose, to try and help out others."

It's a sentiment that seems to be echoed throughout the whole community as they help one family put their lives back together.

"Everyone around here has just rallied around my daughter and Jose and the kids," Howery said. "I mean, I love this place."