Family in need after home in Harper burns

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  • The Rodriguez family lost almost everything when their house in Harper burned down Friday, July 31. A GoFundMe page has been created with a goal of $4,000. — Submitted photo
    The Rodriguez family lost almost everything when their house in Harper burned down Friday, July 31. A GoFundMe page has been created with a goal of $4,000. — Submitted photo
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When Rianna Rodriguez’s husband Jordan alerted her of a fire in one of the rooms in her home, she couldn’t believe it.

“I was in denial,” she said. “When he told me our house was burning, I just responded with, ‘no, it’s not.’”

Rodriguez was in the backyard when her husband alerted her a candle had been knocked down inside the home at 138 N. Third St. in Harper at around 9 p.m. Friday, July 31.

“My Mother-in-Law lit a candle in the room and left and closed the door,” Rodriguez said. “We don’t know how it got knocked over but that’s how it started.”

Rodriguez quickly picked up her three-month-old daughter Rilee, got in her car and sped away. When they were far enough, Jordan got in the driver seat and said the worrisome words, “I’ll be right back.”

“I didn’t know what that meant or if he was going in the house,” Rodriguez said.

She later found out he was trying to save the animals.

The fire burned until close to midnight, Harper Fire Chief Grant Meyer said. Crews from the Tierra Linda Volunteer Fire Department, the Doss Volunteer Fire Department and the Fredericksburg Fire & EMS Department all assisted in putting it out.

The family is devastated, having lost nearly all their belongings. No injuries or fatalities occurred in the fire.

“Our daughter had clothes stored in a brick building that didn’t burn up, but all of our adult clothes are gone,” she said. “All we have left are the clothes on our backs.”

Members of the community have already stepped up to help, bringing them food, clothes and other belongings.

“The people in this community are amazing,” Rodriguez said. “We are so blessed.”

The main thing Rodriguez said the family still needs is clothes.

“Our daughter is pretty covered, but men’s and women’s clothing would be great,” Rodriguez said.

Items may be dropped off at Rodriguez’s mother’s house, 155 Stephanie Drive in Kerrville.

The family also has a GoFundMe page set up. It says while they had diapers and clothes, other baby items such as a car seat, a baby bath and bottles were lost.

The fundraiser goal is $4,000. As of 3:30 p.m. Monday, community members had donated $3,142.

To view the page, go to https://bit.ly/3ftlYpM.