Fire destroys two-story DeWitt County home

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THOMASTON - Linda and Kent Kohleffel lost 20 years of memories in a house fire Monday morning and maybe a pug named Bee Gee.

"We lost everything. I think we lost a dog, too," said Linda Kohleffel, looking over the smoldering rumble. "We don't know if he ran off or not."

The couple owns two pugs, Bee Gee and Bella.

"Both of them were outside with Kent during the fire," said Blanca McBride, Linda Kohleffel's sister.

"Then Bee Gee ran up on the porch and wouldn't come off, and then, he wasn't there anymore.

"It's like he thought maybe Linda was still inside."

Kent Kohleffel was the only person home during the fire and was uninjured, said Cuero Fire Department Chief Butch Tolbert.

The call came in about 9:45 a.m. at 20 Cypress Valley Road. The house was a combination of brick with a wood-frame second story.

"The first arriving unit said the two-story structure was fully involved," Tolbert said.Four units and about a dozen firefighters fought the blaze.

Water support and five firefighters came from the Nursery volunteer fire department.

Firefighters remained on scene until about 3 p.m., said Tolbert.

The Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the couple with a three-night hotel stay.

McBride said her sister and brother-in-law plan to rebuild their home.

Tolbert said the cause of the fire is under investigation.