Millsap family works to rebuild

A fire broke out at the Millsap home Savannah Hargrove shared with her husband and one-year-old daughter on Thursday, Nov. 2. The home burned to the ground and was declared a total loss. 

Courtesy/Lauren Hargrove

MILLSAP – A Millsap family is working to get back on their feet after a fire burned their home to the ground last week.

Homeowner Savannah Hargrove was making lunch for her one-year-old daughter, Torin, when the fire broke out at the porch of the family’s single-wide mobile home late in the afternoon on Thursday, Nov. 2, she said.

“I was feeding my one-year-old lunch... We don’t know definitively what caused the fire, but it started at the bottom of our porch,” Hargrove said. “We’re not sure if it started underneath the house, where there was electrical wiring, or at the side of the house, where we had several things stored... and there was a lot of wind that day.”

As of the Democrat’s press time the cause of the fire was undetermined, but Emergency Services District 7 Fire Chief Jeff Edwards said investigators with the Parker County Fire Marshal’s Office did not think the fire began under “suspicious circumstances.”

As soon as Hargrove became aware of the fire, she said she grabbed her daughter and her stroller and put them in her car, which was in danger of being engulfed by flames. Hargrove’s husband was at work when the fire broke out.

“I knew I had to save the car. I hopped in the car and I got fairly far away from the house,” she said. “I saw my neighbor and ran towards her. I handed her my baby, and told her I had to go back for my dogs.”

Despite Hargrove’s attempts to get her two dogs out of the house as the fire raged on, she was not able to save them.

The family did not have insurance on the home, which was declared a total loss, Hargrove said.

Currently the family is searching for a new mobile home to put on their property, she said. 

“We have been so blessed. The community and our family have helped so very much. At this point, one of the only things we’re looking for is a trailer to put back on that property,” Hargrove said. “We’re looking for anybody who might have a safe, up-to-code, electric appliance trailer that is either very cheap or that we can work on in small payments.

“We were a paycheck-to-paycheck family to begin with. I don’t care what it looks like – as long as it has a bedroom, a bathroom and it’s safe, we’ll take it. We’re trying to network to find someone who might have that.”

The community’s support in the wake of the fire has been “overwhelming,” Hargrove said.

“As soon as it happened, people from across Millsap, Brock, Mineral Wells and Weatherford were willing to donate clothes, furniture and food. We got so much help from Manna, Center of Hope, the Hope Chest and Baby Grace... I’m blown away, honestly. I don’t even have the words for how amazing this community is.”

The family set up a GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/4npmh5k, under the name “Family In Need Of Help after Fire.”

As of press time, the fundraiser had reached $310 of its $20,000 goal. 

Maggie Fraser is a reporter for the Weatherford Democrat, a sister publication of the Mineral Wells Index. Contact her at mfraser@weatherforddemocrat.com.

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