Single Mother Returns To Charred Glenn Heights Home

By Selena Hernandez, CBS 11 News

GLENN HEIGHTS (CBSDFW.COM) – A single mother spent Saturday 1,200 miles away from her home, getting constant updates from a friend as a 280-acre fire rushed through Ellis County and gutted her house.

Remica Cox’s house in Glenn Heights was completely destroyed, forcing her to start over alongside her two daughters.

Cox’s home was the only structure lost in the fire.

“When I walked in here the first time, I couldn’t believe it,” Cox said as she assessed her damaged home Sunday.

Disbelief and sadness overwhelmed her as she tried to digest the devastation and confront the reality that her home, her belongings and her keepsakes are all gone.

“Just shocking,” she said. “Just shocking.”

Nothing is salvageable from Cox’s three-bedroom home on the 1200block of Yukon in Glenn Heights.

“All my pictures are gone,” Cox said.

Cox’s home was the only house on Yukon Street that was destroyed by flames, although at least two others suffered some damage from the flames. It took authorities about five hours to douse the blaze.

“It was very emotional – we just moved in October and we were slowly decorating the rooms, it’s just very emotional,” Cox said.

As the unforgiving flames devoured her home, Cox sat helpless 1,200 miles away in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She received updates over the phone from her colleague and friend.

“As we entered the airport in Florida, I received the call, but I didn’t think it was really going to reach this side.”

Friends and family visited the Cox home Sunday afternoon to lend support and comfort. Now, Cox is left to pick-up the pieces and start anew, grateful for the safety of her family.

“I would have been at work and the girls would have been here by themselves, so I’m thankful that we weren’t here and no one got hurt and none of the neighbors were hurt,” Cox said.

Cox does not have renter’s insurance. Friends are now working to set-up a special fund for her and her daughters. Meanwhile a house just across from Cox’s caught fire Sunday evening. The cause is still under investigation.

“After last night, I questioned why? Then I asked myself, why not me? I do believe God has a better purpose and a plan for me and my girls,” she said.


One Comment

  1. Buyerbwear says:

    I hope Yahoo posts the address where those of us who would like can donate to the fund to help rebuild this lady’s life and the lives of her girls. How devastating to lose the remnants of the memories of one’s life. I pray for her and her girls.

  2. fred says:

    Renters Insurance costs about $15.00 dollars a month.

    1. The Devil says:

      HAHAHAHA! She should have purchased renter’s insurance! Right, Fred? LOL! Come on, buddy, I know you’re laughing, too!

  3. shaly varughese says:

    I have read all her feelings. In her sad situation also she says that no one got hurt even the neighbours. Also I highly appreciate her strong faith in God saying that why only me, but God has some purpose. She got a strong faith in God, which is really appreciated and ofcourse God will definitely bless her abandently. I pray to Almighty to bless her because of her strong faith in Him.
    I pray and wish her best of luck.

  4. Joe Smith says:

    When it comes to your property, can you see what to expect in case of loss, e.g., hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, fire? If you are like most of the insuring public you draw a blank on that question. The bigger question is when will you preempt the course setting?

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