CALDWELL, Texas — On Tuesday afternoon at 2:27 p.m., the Caldwell Police Department received a call about a fire at the Caldwell Motel. The fire displaced 37 people and originally left eight people unaccounted for, who have since been found alive and well.
Chief Charles Barnes with the Caldwell Police Department said their agency, along with the Caldwell Fire Department, the Burleson County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and several others worked to maintain the fire and help families in need.
According to Barnes, the wind played a large part into how quickly the fire spread and grew over the motel. As of Tuesday night, Barnes said that they have not heard of any deaths from the fire but are continuing to work with other agencies to make sure families to make sure families are taken care of.
“It’s crazy, every time we have something like this in Burleson County we have such an outpouring and such a giving community. I think that gives us hope," said Barnes. You can hear more from Chief Barnes in the press conference below:
If you'd like to help, the American Red Cross said you can text CaldwellFire to 41444 and that the United Way of the Brazos Valley has set up a fund. If you'd like to donate physical items, the organization said that you can donate items to Caldwell Christians Care's donation center. According to workers with the Red Cross, Caldwell Christians Care will be providing vouchers for families to look around to find necessary items.