Firefighters were called early Saturday morning, July 18th to the home of Eric and Jessica Penksyzk at 302 Bluebonnet Drive. They arrived to find the home fully engulfed in flames.

A video of the fire can be seen HERE.

Eldorado Fire Chief Joey Jones reported that by the time the first units arrived it was too late to save the home. Embers were spiraling high into the air and were carried north on a stiff south wind.

“We just tried to keep it from spreading,” Jones said.

The Penksyzk family and their pets escaped the home with no injuries. The home was a total loss, however.

The fire began in the back yard at or around a barbecue pit, according to Jones.

“It spread to a deck behind the house and then the propane tank attached to the barbecue pit went up,” Jones said. “There was no stopping it from there.”

The fire was reported by a 9-1-1 call to the Schleicher County Sheriff’s Department who dispatched emergency personnel to the scene. Both of the fire department’s pumper trucks and one of its grass trucks were pressed into service.

The adjacent home just west of the Penksyzk home was in danger for a time, but metal siding on that home probably saved it from destruction, Jones said.

When the fire was out, firefighters set about cooling hot spots and checking to see that it had not spread to nearby homes.

Donations to benefit the Penksyzk family are being accepted at 1st Community Federal Credit Union. Also, a Go Fund Me page is available online at: https://bit.ly/2ZJG0rq