Family loses everything in north Houston house fire on Christmas Eve except painting of Astros star Alex Bregman
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – A family of four lost everything when a fire destroyed their home in north Houston on Christmas Eve. The only thing left in the midst of the black remains was a brightly colored painting by Astros star Alex Bregman.
“When I walked into the house, I was trying to see what could be saved,” said Erika Mejia, who created the painting for an art finale at the University of Houston. “It was burned on the back [only.] As they walked out, everyone clapped in awe of the clean painting. I worked very hard on that too. “
According to the Houston Fire Department, firefighters arrived at the house at 643 Hurley Street around 10 p.m. and found heavy flames completely enveloping the single-story house. It started in the attic, investigators said.
Erika said the family was sitting down for dinner when they heard a loud noise that shook the whole house.
“When we opened the door everything went black,” she said.
Erika had lived in the apartment for 23 years. She escaped with no injuries along with her mother, sister, brother and one of their dogs, but another dog they rescued three years ago, Koko, did not survive.
“We had to go back for my mother because she couldn’t leave the house,” said Erika. “It was very difficult to help her separate from the house.”
She and her family are currently separated and are staying with different relatives until they can decide what to do next. She said her school and others in the community made an effort to offer support during the difficult time. Erika’s sister has also set up a GoFundMe to cover the cost of the damage. Even though they lost everything, Erika said the painting signed by Bregman helps keep them moving forward.
“If you see this Alex I will appreciate it,” she said. “If only you can share and know that we love you. It is you who brings us forward.”
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