Around 2 a.m. Friday, as rain and lightning came down on Erath and surrounding counties, and wild winds blew, firefighters were dispatched to the scene of a house fire on FM 219 south outside of Purves.

The residents at the doublewide mobile home made the call for help and South Point Fire and Rescue responded to the scene.

According to South Point Fire Chief Greg Thompson, the family was awakened when they heard "a popping noise inside the home and smelled smoke."

When the fire crew arrived, the family, a couple and their two children, had already escaped the blaze and the older model mobile home was "already three-quarters involved."

“They immediately got out of the residence and made the call," Thompson said.

As of press time, the identity of the family was unknown, although officials confirmed that Durk Zwart owned the property.

Thompson said due to the extent of the blaze, which had already spread to the home's roof and through the insulation, only one water truck was dispatched to the scene. Due to the extent of the damage, Thompson spoke with the homeowner who agreed that the best thing would be to allow the fire to burn out, making the home a complete loss.

Erath County Volunteer Fire Rescue and the Dublin Fire Department also responded to the blaze but left the district's department, SPVFD, to man the scene.

"We were out there for about 30 minutes," Chris Gable, fire coordinator for ECVFR said. "The house was so far gone, there was not much we could do."

County Fire Marshal Steve Cole said the cause of the fire is under investigation but at the time the fire sparked, it was heavily storming in the area and the homeowner made mention of an electric fan that could have contributed to the incident.

Emergency Coordinator John Wooley was working with the Red Cross Friday morning to help the family with temporary housing and basic necessities.

According to J.P. DeMeritt, emergency service director for Heart of Texas Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, the agency sent clients to a hotel in Dublin and a caseworker was scheduled to meet with the family to determine their exact needs.

"At that point, we will assist them with clothing and food and direct them to other local agencies that can assist with their long term needs," DeMeritt said.