April Petross of Brownwood, who with her family lost her mobile home to a fire Monday, said she is overwhelmed at the community’s outpouring of concern and support.
    “It’s just amazing, all this help,” Petross said.
    A fund has been set up at Mills County State Bank to assist Petross and Kevin Barnett, who are both 44, and her two children, who lived in the mobile home in the 3600 block of Milam Drive.
    A fundraiser plate lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the lobby of the Songbird Lodge, where Petross works as dietary manager. Chipster’s Grill will serve brisket bake potato lunches for $8 a plate. Donations for the family can be brought to the Songbird.
Barnett's co-workers with the City of Brownwood are also making plans to donate to the family.
    The family is looking for a place to rent, Petross said. Her 14-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son are staying in the meantime with her daughter’s father in Brookesmith,  Petross and Barnett are staying with her son in Early, Petross said.
    The mobile home was in Petross’ name and “there was some” insurance, although not on the contents, Petross said.
    The single-wide mobile home had four bedrooms, including one that was part of an add-on, Petross said.
    Brownwood Fire Marshal Buddy Preston said the fire likely began when a space heater tipped over and burned the length of the mobile home’s interior. No one was home when the fire began and no one was injured, although two cats inside were killed, Preston said.