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Raab family home burns at Twin Lakes

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Patrick and Tammy Timmons Raab lost their home in a fire Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Twin Lakes Subdivision on Highway 173 North. The fire completely destroyed the family's double-wide mobile home.

According to Bandera County Fire Marshal John Stith, the call came in at 1:50 pm with the caller reporting seeing flames and smoke coming from the structure.

The Raabs were not at home at the time.

Local volunteer fire departments quickly arrived on scene. "They were hampered by high winds that day," said Stith. "The fire kept jumping to adjoining properties and across the road. It was a very, very dangerous situation."

Fire departments on site included Bandera, Medina, Lakeshore, Pipe Creek and Castle Lake VFDs.

The fire was under control by 2:36 pm, said Stith, and there were no injuries at the scene.

According to Stith, the fire appeared to have started in the kitchen area, but it burned so hot that it was difficult to determine the exact cause.

Stith had high praise for deputies from the Bandera County Sheriff's Office for their assistance. "The support from BCSO was extremely helpful. They blocked the roads and managed traffic and also acted as fire spotters in the area to make sure it didn't spread."

Due to the high winds, neighbors were temporarily evacuated until the blaze was under control.

"A loss like this is always devastating," said Stith, "but this family appears to have a very good support group of family, friends and co-workers."

Fire fighters succeeded in keeping the conflagration from a nearby frame garage and storage building, a camper and a 200-gallon propane tank.

Tammy Raab works at Bandera Electric Cooperative. The cooperative has offered to serve as a drop off site for donations for the family.

Household items and clothing should be new or in very good, clean condition. At this time, gift cards would be most gratefully accepted and appropriate.

The Raabs have two sons, Everett, 10, and Chase, 13.
Chase wears the following sizes: pants - 29-32, shirt - small men's size, and shoes - 11 and 1/2. Everett wears pants - size 10, shirt - size 10-12, and shoes - size 3.

The house was located at 691 Oak Drive.

Pictured: Photo by Carolyn B. Edwards
This home in Twin Lakes Subdivision was completely destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon, Feb. 23. Five local volunteer fire departments responded to the scene.