By CRAIG ALANIZ
A structure fire Thursday morning has left three families in Port Isabel homeless.
Port Isabel Fire Marshall Rodrigo Garcia said the fire department received a call at 8:43 a.m. regarding the structure fire located at 308 S. Garcia St. He said the first responders arrived five minutes after the call was made.
Garcia said the fire started at the west side wall of the building near the staircase and was moving northward with the high winds. He said the extent of the damage was felt by the second story apartment on the west side.
The fire was controlled with help from the South Padre Island Fire Department within 10 minutes of the initial call. Garcia said the fire was contained by shutting power to the area. The fire remains under investigation.
The families who were victims of the fire received aid from the Salvation Army of Port Isabel, which provided three rooms at a local motel for the families to have refuge. Garcia said they also provided the families with clothing and food.
To provide assistance to the families, The Salvation Army of Port Isabel can be reached by calling Julie at (956) 943-2727.
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