Cypress family believes fireworks left on porch sparked destructive fire

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by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 1, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 7 at 6:35 PM

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CYPRESS, Texas -- Fireworks appear to have sparked a fire that destroyed a house in Cypress overnight.

Flames were reported around six in the morning at the home located in the 11000 of Cypress Glade Drive.

Firefighters from the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department reported heavy flames and smoke when they arrived.

Due to the lack of fire hydrants on the street, they had to wait for the arrival of three tanker trucks to put out the blaze.

Nine people, including four kids, lived in either the house or the adjacent garage apartment. All of them made it out unscathed.

But a family dog was presumed killed in the fire that investigators believe was caused by fireworks.

“Reports from the family are that the fire started in the same location of where they were doing the fireworks,” said Captain Brian Shirley of the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department.

A neighbor who lives next door took cell phone video of the blaze. Gary Makowsky, who works for KHOU 11, said he was startled awake by a bright glow outside and several loud bangs.

“You could feel the heat,” said Makowsky. “Within 30 minutes, the whole house was ablaze.

The house was declared a total loss. Destroyed were pictures, laptop computers and other belongings that represented 20 years of family history.

Relatives came by to help salvage what little they could.

“You think of the new year as a fresh start,” said Nichole Franklin. “You don’t think of it as a time to lose everything and start all over again.”

Unfortunately the family had no insurance. The Red Cross of Houston was called in to assist those displaced by the fire.

In Montgomery County, a 10-year-old girl playing with fireworks cost her family their entire house when it caught fire Tuesday evening. No injuries were reported, but that family also lost nearly everything they owned.

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