Bastrop Fire Victims Find Shelter in RV Parks

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September 14, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Smoke and flames from the Bastrop fire engulf the area near Austin, Texas. Photo courtesy of Brian Schaeffer.

Click here to watch a video, courtesy of Your News Now, Austin, Texas, about the following story.

Finding a permanent place to call home could be several months away for families affected by the Bastrop Complex Fire near Austin, Texas.

Many people who were displaced by the blaze are still living in hotels or with friends. Several more are filling area RV parks so they aren't too far from work and school, Your News Now, Austin, reported.

That’s the case for Bastrop resident Casey Trejo. He and his wife, mother-in-law and 5-year-old daughter Miley are packed into his fifth-wheel, but it’s a place to call home and close to Miley’s school.

"That's the whole reason we are in the RV, so we can be closer to school and not 30-35 miles away in Austin," Trejo said.

The family used to live in the eastern section of Tahitian Village. They expect to find a pile of crumbled sheet rock and melted metal when they return to their property later this week.

The RV they're staying in now was loaned to them by some friends from church.

"It's just amazing to see people that were affected by the fire going out of their way to help us," Trejo said.

The fifth-wheel is about a 10th the size of the home they lost. The kitchen is cramped, cabinet space is tight and most of their food and clothes are donated by fellow church members and strangers.

The big task ahead for the Trejos now is finding a permanent place to live. They want to stay in Miley's school district, but with 1,500 homes destroyed, the options are sparse.

"There are no rentals. There's no rentals in Smithville, Bastrop that we feel comfortable with and that would accommodate our needs," Trejo said.

Several homeowners and landlords have offered homes for rent to Bastrop fire victims at reduced rates or even free in some cases.

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