LAWTON, Okla._One Cotton County family has been displaced after a late night fire ripped through their home.
Crews responded to the fire just after midnight Friday morning. When they arrived, the garage was completely engulfed in flames, but they were able to easily keep it contained to the west side of the home but despite their efforts it was still a total loss. The family now has a long road of cleanup ahead of them .
The Veach family was able to retrieve several essential items from their home like medications and oxygen tanks that the family needed. Despite the house being a total loss, Temple fire crews were able to salvage the other end of the home. But even with these small miracles, the Veach's say they have a long way to go.
"Right now, we just kind thank the lord everybody's alive," said Roy Veach.
Roy Veach lives just yards from his mother Phyllis and sister Cheryl in the town of Temple. So when the fire broke out in the garage, he tried to take action.
"I was hoping I could get down here and get it put out before it got out of control, but I didn't manage," said Veach.
Luckily the fire did not spread to the entire house, the garage was a new addition to the home a few years ago. The original exterior wall served as an extra buffer to the flames.
But Veach gives much more credit to the ones that came calling at the most dire hour.
"I was here for maybe three minutes and the fire department showed two minutes after that so within 5 minutes the fire department was already here. They saved what they could, so we got fortunate there," said Veach.
In the meantime, he says his family has now turned toward the future.
"You can't describe how happy I was to see both of them outside last night. Everybody's alright. It's been a draining day, but we'll start over. It's all you can do," said Veach.
Even though they were able to save most of their clothes, they can't get inside of their home until the house has been deemed safe. So the town of Temple is working with Cotton County commissioners and the Red Cross to provide them with the basics to get by for now.
An account for the Veach family has been set up at the Bank of the Wichitas in Cache. If you'd like to help the family get back on their feet, you can go to any Bank of the Wichitas location in southwest Oklahoma.
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