County deputy and family lose home in morning fire

Melissa Cantu Trevino
Alice Echo News Journal
Alice firefighters respond to house fire on Farm-to-Market 1554.

A Jim Wells County Sheriff deputy and his family lost their home in an early morning fire Saturday, Jan. 1.

According to family and friends, Ruben Garcia, county deputy, was awoken by a neighbor about a fire outside near the playhouse. Garcia attempted to put the fire out but when he was unable to, he woke up his wife, Amanda, and family. Everyone was able to get out of the home.

Firefighters responded to the house fire on Farm-to-Market 1154, but were unable to extinguish the flames and the house was a total loss.

County deputy and family lose their home in fire.

Alice Fire Chief Patrick Thomas said they do not know the cause of the fire. He believes the fire may have began due to a small bonfire.

Ruben received minor burns to his head and hand, Thomas said. Everyone else was able to escape without injury.

The family is accepting monetary and clothing donations. Monetary donations can be able to Amanda's cashapp at $amandagarcia910 or call April at 361-389-0055, Nelda at 361-227-5676, Nancy at 361-522-8398 or Gloria at 361-389-6533. 

Clothing donation information:

Aubrey - 3t Shoe 9

Avery - 8 Shoe 3 1/2

RJ - 5 Shoe 12

Ruben - XL bottoms 36 Shoe 11

Amanda - Lg pants 14 Shoe 8 1/2

Alyssa - AS pants 6 Shoe 8