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UPDATE: Fire Severely Damages Sunshine Avenue Home in Kingsville

Firefighters responded to a fire on the 7000 block of Sunshine Avenue Thursday morning.

UPDATE (11:27 a.m.)—A fire severely damaged a house Thursday morning along the 7000 block of Sunshine Avenue in . Sunshine Avenue remained closed at the First Baptist Church of Kingsville, north of Kingswood Lane, as of 11:15 a.m.

The fire began at about 9:45 a.m., within a mile of . The home's only occupant escaped without injury, said Chief Mike Berna.

Firefighters contained the flames by 10:30 a.m. and fire investigators remained on the scene after 11:15 a.m., Berna said. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Marcia Kuklane watched as firefighters tossed charred items from one of the home's windows. Her 69-year-old mother had lived in the house for more than 30 years, she said.

"We just have to figure out where she's going to go. We're anxious to see what we can salvage." Kuklane said.

She and her siblings all live in Kingsville, she said. 

"My dad recently passed away. ... It was nice that she still had her independence," Kuklane added. "This is just horrible."

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Sharon J. Remeikis January 05, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Very sad story. The good news is the owner was able to escape without injury . It could have been another tragic fire resulting in death. God Was watching over the Owner and spared her life.
Carole Miller January 05, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Very sad and scary .I would just like to add 69 years old is not old ,she will do well .
Chris January 05, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Very Sad to hear! Hopefully she will be able to get back on her feet.
Bobby Richards January 07, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Is an arson investigation under way?

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