The neighborhood on South Franklin Street in Lavaca woke up to sirens and the smell of smoke on Sunday, February 24. An abandoned house that was used as storage mysteriously caught fire. Access to this building and two mobile homes is a one lane dirt path that made emergency vehicles had to maneuver carefully to reach the blaze. Once there, according to witnesses, the contents of the house began popping and some feared it was ammunition exploding. Care was taken to keep the firefighters, police and neighbors safe until the owner let them know they were hearing lots of paint cans and bug sprays which were stored in the building. The structure was a total loss.
The building belonged to Mrs. Joyce Lopez who shared that the house was where her father lived before he passed and was since used to store things. She lost lawnmowers, tools and household items. She had no insurance on the building or contents. Firemen were still watching the blaze on Sunday afternoon.