First Sgt. Loren Pogue, one of two National Guard soldiers displaced by a fire that destroyed a house and adjacent travel trailer near Lake Brownwood Tuesday afternoon, hopes to rebuild and bring his family from the Fort Worth area to live here.
    Pogue owned the house in the 7000 block of Killarney Drive, and Staff Sgt. Mark Montoya lived in the travel trailer parked on Pogue’s property. Montoya said he’d been trying to decide which RV park to set up in when Pogue invited him to park the trailer on his property.
    The fire, which began around 2:30 p.m., destroyed both structures. Fire Marshal Buddy Preston said the fire started after the electrical service line running from the pole to the meter arced.
    There was insurance on the trailer, but Pogue said he learned that his homeowners insurance had been cancelled because he was adding on a room, and the insurance company considered the home to be under construction. He said he will also see if the VFW post here can help him.
    Pogue and Montoya said they are staying on the Camp Bowie post since the fire.
    A gofundme page has been established on behalf of the two soldiers at https://www.gofundme.com/vtf44-soldiers-in-need
     Items Pogue lost include an American flag signed by fellow soldiers in Iraq. Th
    Pogue and his wife have two daughters. “My family loves it here,” Pogue said, adding there are “nice, courteous, respectful” people in Brown County.
     Montoya, who is from San Angelo, said Pogue “is the one most hurt by this.” Montoya said he lost his clothing and a gun, and Pogue lost several guns.
    Montoya said he and Pogue are both assigned to the PTAE program, of Pre-Mobilization Training Assistant Element, which helps National Guard soldiers prepare for overseas mobilizations.