Couple Loses Home After Morning Fire on Cameron Lane

    Black smoke could be seen coming from a home in the 15-hundred block of Cameron Ln. shortly before 11 Wednesday morning, a signal there was a fire.
    And now, a Wichita Falls couple is without a home.
    Becky Mataska, a neighbor who witnessed the fire, says, "I pulled up in the driveway, and in my rear-view mirror I saw smoke.  I jumped out of the truck, came over to look, saw smoke coming from the top of the house, and called 911."
    Wichita County Sheriff's deputies first received a call about smoke coming from this home at about 10:55 this morning.
    When they arrived on scene, they noticed smoke was billowing out of the home, and that's when fire officials were notified.
    Wichita County Sheriff David Duke says, "It's not uncommon to get calls like that in the county, because people burn off a lot of brush or wood or different things to do control burns."
    "It was just a little bit of black smoke at first.  In a matter of seconds, it got really big," Mataska says.
    "The deputies did extend some handheld lines from the back of the house to help extinguish the fire, but at that point the fire had already gotten to the attic," Sheriff Duke says.
    Cameron Gardens Volunteer Fire Department was the first on scene.
    Wichita East, Iowa Park, and Burkburnett fire departments also responded.
    Investigators stayed on scene to investigate origin and cause of blaze.
    "I would say it's a substantial loss at this point.  It's a devastating fire for this family," Sheriff Duke says.
    The homeowners were at work when the fire broke out.
    No one was injured.
    The Red Cross of North Central Texas was called in to help the family out, and provided them with lodging for the next three days, as well as food, clothing, and medication replacement.

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