By Alicia Lacy and Rebecca LaFlure

The Cove Herald

GATESVILLE — A month after losing her mother, Amanda Adams had to salvage what was left of her belongings after her Gatesville home caught last week.

“My mom had died on Dec. 13, so luckily I was able to save most of the clothes she gave me and her jewelry,” Adams said as she sat on the ground outside her home last Thursday, a stack of burned books and a blackened baby picture beside her. “We’ve lost almost everything.”

No one was injured in the fire. Maurice Anderson, who was in the home at the time of the fire, was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Adams and her father, Nathan, spent Thursday sifting through their possessions — whatever the fire, smoke or water didn’t destroy — trying to recover what they could.

“We’ve salvaged some stuff but not a lot,” Nathan said.

“My diploma made it,” Amanda said, examining books outside her home. “I’m just glad I still have my bed.”

Nathan said his daughter must keep making payments on a melted computer because the warranty wouldn’t cover it. Amanda Adams said nothing in the home was covered because the landlord did not have insurance.

The fire started at about 6:30 p.m. last Wednesday in the 2500 block of Oak Drive.

Amanda and Nathan were not home when the fire started, but four other people were in the house at the time.

The two were preparing to move back into their old house, so Amanda was staying at a friend’s house at the time of the fire. Nathan said he was attending church services.

Amanda said roommate Quade Holden told her about the fire.

The fire began after an explosion occurred in the bedroom and continued into the hallway. The home was damaged extensively by smoke and water.

Firefighter Robert Featherston said the cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

Fire destroys mobile home

Less than an hour later and 12 miles away, fire destroyed a family’s mobile home for the second time in less than a year.

Bill and Brandy Spriker’s home in the 5400 block of Farm-to-Market 1783 caught fire from an overloaded extension cord short connected to a washing machine.

Two-thirds of the home was destroyed, while the other third had smoke and heat damage.

Boxes of ammunition in the home fueled the fire, but it was extinguished after 20 minutes, Gatesville Fire Chief Billy Vaden said.

No injuries were reported.

“They lost everything,” Featherston said.

Contact Alicia Lacy at or 501-7476.

Contact Rebecca LaFlure at or 501-7475.

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