Christmas fire engulfs shelter in San Leon

December 25, 2008 8:18:52 PM PST
Firefighters say a dried-out Christmas tree may have started a blaze that destroyed a women's shelter in a small fishing town still reeling from Hurricane Ike. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The fire Thursday gutted the two-story Omega Alpha House in San Leon, where Ike wiped out many homes and piers after coming ashore in nearby Galveston. No one was hurt in the blaze, but 14 shelter residents lost everything they own.

San Leon assistant fire chief Scott Lyons says a Christmas tree may have started the fire at the shelter, which offered drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs for women.

Dozens of San Leon residents gave up their holiday celebrations to provide food, clothing and temporary shelter to the residents, the Galveston County Daily News reported.

If you're interested in helping the shelter recover, donations can be sent to:

    Omega Alpha House
    P.O. Drawer D
    San Leon, Texas 77539

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