New Year's Day fire forces large family out of home during freezing weather

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SAN ANTONIO - A family escaped a massive house fire in the city of Converse early Monday morning.

The two parents, six children and relatives visiting from out of town were inside of the house when flames erupted around 6 a.m.

Firefighters said when they arrived to the home on Columbia Ridge Drive, it was engulfed in flames. They worked to quickly put the fire out.

Flames and smoke caused extensive damage throughout the entire home.

Later Monday afternoon, neighbors and family friends stopped by the house as the homeowners worked to collect belongings.

One of the boys, a special needs teenager, is a member of the Special Olympics team at Judson High School. His coach is organizing donation-efforts for the family.

"They pretty much lost all of their clothes and everything so I think, immediately, we're going to need to make sure that they have clothing items to wear once school starts back up next week," said Edward Waring, physical education teacher at Judson High School and special Olympics coach.

The children are in need of clothing and shoes.

If you would like to help the family, a donation page has been set up, here.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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