BACLIFF — A San Leon volunteer firefighter and his two teenage boys were left homeless after a fire destroyed their mobile home Sunday night. Because of high winds that same fire spread to a neighboring trailer causing even more damage.

The fire was first reported just before 5 p.m. Sunday at a trailer park in the 300 block of Gordy Street Bacliff Volunteer Fire Department Chief James Westinghausen said.

When firefighters arrived the ”fire was fully involved.” Gusty winds pushed the flames into the mobile home next door also damaging that residence Westinghausen said.

The San Leon Kemah and Dickinson fire departments assisted Bacliff in battling the blaze but the first trailer was destroyed.

That left Lorenzo Salazar a two-year veteran of the San Leon Volunteer Fire Department and his 13-year-old and 15-year-old boys without a place to stay. The blaze also burned all of their personal belongings including the bikes the boys used each day to get to and from school.

It didn’t take long for locals to lend a hand. Precinct 7 Constable Pam Matranga took to her Facebook page to ask for help as did San Leon assistant fire Chief Scott Lyons. Steve Hoyland the editor of the San LeonBacliff monthly newspaper The Seabreeze was able to collect donations to replace the boys’ bicycles.

Westinghausen said he was given a gift card from the Lions Club to give the family to help them replace what was lost in the fire.

Lyons said he and other members of his department are taking money and clothing donations at the San Leon fire station to help their fellow firefighter.

The Galveston County branch of the American Red Cross was called Monday and is helping where it can Director Mari Berand said.

Lyons said Salazar and his sons were staying with a relative until they can find a new place to live.


At A Glance

To make donations to help San Leon volunteer firefighter Lorenzo Salazar and his two teen sons call the San Leon Fire Department 281-559-1312; call the Galveston County branch of American Red Cross 409-986-6404; or drop off donations during the day at the fire station 337 12th St. San Leon.


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