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Blotter: Woman's rental home destroyed in fire

A fire destroyed everything in Maria Guerrero's small rental home on Sunday. 

The 43-year-old woman lived at 3119 Webb Road, a dirt road, with her 8-year-old son. The boy was staying with his father when the flames engulfed the inside of the home and burst through the roof, Guerrero said.

Guerrero had been staying at a neighbor's house when another neighbor alerted her of the fire.

"From the front door, she yelled to me, 'Maria, your house is on fire,'" she said.

The Denton Fire Department responded to the blaze and later turned the investigation over to county fire marshals. Guerrero's house is outside Denton city limits. 

Fire department spokesman Kenneth Hedges said city firefighters did not determine an official cause. 

Guerrero is currently sleeping on neighbor's couch while she tries to find a temporary shelter. She said she plans to move into a vacant home in the neighborhood until she finds a more permanent solution.

"Right now, we've got absolutely nothing," she said. "No clothes, no anything."

Guerrero added that she has another 25-year-old daughter who doesn't live with her.

She's received a lot of support within her neighborhood, she said. But the large-scale recovery effort from Hurricane Harvey has made her reluctant to ask for other donations.

"I'm kind of reluctant to reach out and take help that may be a little more beneficial to those victims of Harvey," she said.

If people do want to help, Guerrero said she can be reached at

Other reports

100 block of North Locust Street — An intoxicated man reportedly fled from Denton police officers Tuesday after he fell down and injured himself near the downtown Square. 

Denton police were initially called to the scene about 2 a.m. to assist paramedics who were treating the man's injuries.

The man fled the scene as officers arrived, the report said. He later declined all medical attention and was taken to Denton City Jail on charges of public intoxication, evading arrest and possession of marijuana.

2600 block of South Mayhill Road — A resident of the Pecan Creek Mobile Home Park said his landlord hit him in the face on Tuesday morning, according to a police report.

The man wanted to file an assault report, but he did not have any visible injuries, the report said. No arrests were made.

1600 block of Village East Drive — A 6-year-old boy and girl told police Tuesday that a man pushed them when he found them playing in his apartment.

The 6-year-old boy said the man pushed him to the ground, and the 6-year-old girl said he pushed her against a rock wall. The girl said she suffered minor injuries to her back. It's unclear whether the children lived in the apartment.

The suspect denied being in the area at the time of the report, and no arrests were made.


From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:

Area police booked 42 people into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 164 calls for service and made 9 arrests.

Denton firefighters responded to 24 medical calls, six vehicle crashes and one gas leak.