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Stephens County woman dies in house fire; fund set up to help family

Stephens County woman dies in house fire; fund set up to help family
October 31
12:55 2018

A Stephens County resident died in a house fire near Hubbard Creek Lake early Tuesday morning, and a local donation fund has been set up for the family, according to information from the Breckenridge Fire Department.

Funeral services are pending with Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home for Jennifer Brown, 37, who died in the fire, according to Stephens County Justice of the Peace Michael Roach.

The BFD responded to the accidental fire at about 2:40 a.m. on Oct. 30 and found the home to be fully engulfed. There were six people in the house at the time of the fire, including four children, ages 12 to 18, according to the fire chief. Two of the children were treated for minor smoke inhalation and burns to their feet before being released.

“What they need is financial support, because they’ve gotta find somewhere to live,” Breckenridge Fire Chief Calvin Chaney said. “Because this grandmother, now, she’s going to have these four kids. It’s very tough.”

Numerous organizations have been notified and have already responded to the family’s needs, Chaney said in a post on the Breckenridge Fire Department’s Facebook page.

Additionally, an account for the family has been set up at Breckenridge InterBank.

“If you would like to donate to the family, please use the Sandy Brown Special Fund account that has been established by InterBank,” Chaney said. “You can see any teller, or you can make donations by using the drive-through service.”

Donations also may be mailed to the bank in care of: Sandy Brown Special Fund, Breckenridge InterBank, 301 W. Walker St., Breckenridge, Texas 76424.

BFD was assisted by the Hubbard Creek Volunteer Fire Department at the scene; nine fire trucks and 12 firefighters combined to respond to the emergency.


Story by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan

Cutline, top photo: A Stephens County resident died in a house fire near Hubbard Creek Lake early Tuesday morning. A fund has been set up for the family at the Breckenridge InterBank. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)


Editor’s note: This article was updated to add information from Justice of the Peace Michael Roach and Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home website.




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