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Clouds will be on the increase Wednesday ahead of our next good risk of rain Thursday evening into Friday. Chilly temperatures tonight with lows in the middle to upper 30's in the Lakes Area to near 40 in the Triangle.
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Port Arthur fire destroys home
PORT ARTHUR - by Lauren Huet
A fire destroyed just about everything a Port Arthur man owns, but it hasn't destroyed his spirit. The Port Arthur Fire Department received a call about a house fire this morning in the 1900 block of 10th Avenue. They brought the fire under control within twenty minutes of their arrival, but it was too late to save the first story of the house. Howard Price lives on the first floor, and his neighbor Alton Jones lives on the second. Neither Price nor Jones was home when the fire started.
Flames left very little on the first floor. Price was on his way home from work when someone called and told him about the fire. He arrived home, surveyed the damage and saw that the flames had taken one of his prized possessions: his Bible. Price said he's had it for 15 years, and the notes he jotted down in it are irreplaceable. He also lost his TV, stereo, clothes, and furniture.
Despite these losses, Price said he's thankful the only thing lost was material goods.
"I probably would have been sleeping, or even my neighbor upstairs would have been sleeping, so it's good that we wasn't here," said Price. "You know, we probably would have been overtaken by the smoke and fell asleep. So that's the good thing that I keep on my mind: that nobody got hurt and nobody lost their life. So that's the positive thing that keeps me going right now. All those things can be replaced."
Alton Jones salvaged most of his belongings from the second floor, but his mattress and clothes were damaged. Jones said he drove as fast as the rainy weather allowed when he received a call from his mom saying his home was on fire.
"Basically freaked out," Jones said, "slammed on the brakes on the truck, hit it in neutral, and dropped the phone."
The American Red Cross arrived on the scene and will put Price up in a hotel until he can move in with his son. They are also helping him with food and clothing.