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Fire Destroys Big Spring Family Home

by Kim Powell
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - One family in Big Spring is left picking up the pieces after a fire destroyed their home on Sunday.  It all started when someone was grilling.

"My children lived here. I mean, we brought our kids home from the hospital here. I mean, this is our house," Nicole Santos, who grew up in the home, said. 

As flames engulfed a Big Spring family home Sunday afternoon, family members looked on and remembered the home they grew up in. 

"When I look at my house, it's my house. That's all that comes to mind is my house, my memories, my mom," Santos said. 

Santos' mother, 48-year-old Sandra Pancheco, is now in the hospital after possibly having an anxiety attack when firefighters were trying to knock down the fire. 

The Big Spring Fire Department got the call around noon. They say the fire started when someone was using a grill on the porch. The fire quickly spread onto the second floor and into the attic. 

"We set up an interior attack on this fire and quickly realized that the structure was becoming unstable so the deputy chief pulled the crews out," Fire Chief, Craig Ferguson, said. 

"We drove over here and on the way up here I could see the smoke from, I guess, miles away," Santos said. 

Pancheco and her family have been living in the home for the last 18 years but all that's left is charred remains. 

"Anytime there's an older home, it does cause some problems because of the stability of the structure," Chief Ferguson said. "That's one of the reasons that we went ahead and pulled crews out is because of this being an older home. The wood that the house is built out of is more dried out and it burns faster. With the stucco on the outside construction, the fire gets up in between the walls and makes it extremely difficult for us to fight." 

If you would like to help the family, you can call Nicole Santos at 806-407-7748. 

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