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Family and friends remember man killed in trailer fire
ORANGE COUNTY- by Haley Bull
When families in a community north of Vidor woke up early Wednesday morning, they saw fire trucks and firefighters working to put out the flames that burned and blackened a travel trailer and killed two victims.
"I noticed red lights over here," Wilton Bellot said. "Something's going on you know, like somebody might have got hurt or something."
Someone called 911 to report the fire at about 5 a.m. Wednesday in the 1500 block of Ogden Ave. just north of Vidor.
Kimberly Smith talked to the victim's brother, her cousin.
"He said when he awoke with the sound, he said it sounded like an explosion at the plants, at the refineries," Smith said. "He said just a loud whooshing noise and when he walked outside it was too late, the trailer was already fully engulfed."
Inside the trailer, Smith's cousin, 55 year old Edward Kondos and his dog Phoebe.
"He took Phoebe with him wherever he went you know," Smith said. "She couldn't have just dog food he would prepare her meals, you know. So he loved, he loved his pets dearly."
He also loved the outdoors.
"Eddie was so much fun. He was just full of life," Smith said.
A man neighbors said would do anything for anyone.
"He was like a brother you might, could say," Wilton Bellot said. He lives in a nearby trailer. "It's sad he's gone."
A friend and a family man gone.
"Just a wonderful, wonderful full of life person. He will be missed," Smith said.
Evidence indicated the fire was accidental but the extent of the flames is making it difficult to pinpoint a cause.
Although the cause is still under investigation, firefighters took the opportunity to remind people to keep space heaters away from anything flammable and not leave lights lit on a live tree.