Weatherford Democrat

January 21, 2014

Fire claims home, resident OK

Weatherford Democrat

A fire late Monday afternoon claimed a small home in the 1000 block of Fort Worth Highway where a 82-year-old man and his dog were living. 

Guadalupe Charles, known as “Poppy,” said he was outside smoking a cigarette when fire exploded inside the house he has rented for several years. 

A neighbor said he heard Charles yelling for his dog as flames came from the house. 

Sitting in a wooden chair, one of his few remaining possessions, next to the gas station across the street, Charles watched Weatherford and Hudson Oaks firefighters put out the blaze Monday evening.

A neighbor said she took in Charles’ dog, which escaped the fire. 

Details on how the fire is believed to have started were not available early Monday evening.