GRANBURY -- In a brief, tearful phone conversation this morning, the man who owned the Granbury mobile home where six people died early Sunday confirmed that his teen-age son was among the dead and that his daughter was in the hospital.
Calvin James Reineck, 18, was killed in the blaze, which broke out hours after a birthday party for 17-year-old Alexis Schooley, who also died, according to a survivor who helped pull people from the burning home.
Calvin Reineck's sister, Celeste Reineck, 16, was also at the party, but left before the fire broke out. She was injured in a one-car crash in Benbrook about 5:30 a.m. Sunday.
"I feel terrible for the other families involved," said Kurt Reineck, who lived in the mobile home but was not there at the time of the fire. "I lost my son. ... I don't know how I'm going to go on. My daughter is still in the hospital. She is still alive. My son was 18, and I loved him. I will tell you that. I loved him more than anything.
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"Everybody that knew him loved him. He was a good kid, and I'll never be the same."
Also killed was Vivian Rodriguez, 18, according to several friends. The survivor identified Savannah Lynn Marrero as one of the victims.
The other victims, two men, were not immediately identified pending notification of relatives, Hood County Fire Marshal Brian Fine said.
Calvin Reineck's Facebook page says he attended Mesa High School in the White Settlement school district.
But it appears that some of the victims had a connection to Fort Worth's Western Hills High School.
Fort Worth school district spokesman Clint Bond said that none were current students, but that many at the school knew someone who had died. Grief counselors were on campus Monday.
The fire was reported shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday in the 4500 block of Wildwood Circle in the Port Ridglea East subdivision, about six miles southeast of downtown Granbury and about 38 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
Firefighters from several departments battled the fire for more than an hour before it was extinguished, Fine said.
Once the flames were knocked down, firefighters searched the lakefront home and found the victims throughout the home.
The blaze destroyed the mobile home, leaving only two walls standing. The cause of the fire is under investigation, Fine said.
Officials and friends said Celeste Reineck had driven some partygoers back to the Fort Worth area and was returning to Hood County when she was involved in a one-car crash.
She remained in an area hospital, where she was recovering from a broken arm and leg and was scheduled to have surgery.
"Celeste has no clue that her brother has passed,” said a family friend, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the situation. "She doesn't even know there was a fire. We’re keeping her totally isolated."
The friend said a fund-raiser will be held tonight for the children's mother, Stacey Reineck, to help offset her daughter's medical expenses and her son’s funeral.
Stacey Reineck lost her job after her company shut down and has gone back to school and is looking for work," the friend said.
"Mom is going from unemployment check to umemployment check," she said. "We are doing this to take the stress off of her."
On her Facebook page, Stacey Reineck expressed her gratitude for those offering support.
"Thanks for all your love, prayers and support for my daughter, and the loss of my son. Please continue to pray for us and the other families who have suffered loss or injury due to this tragedy. Celeste will have surgery this afternoon, keep her in your prayers for her physical, emotional and mental healing, as she does not know about her brother yet. She cannot have visitors yet. Thanks again. Love you all."
The fund-raiser will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at a home at 5766 River Ridge Court in Haltom City. The public is welcome to attend.
On Sunday afternoon, fire investigators were sifting through the debris, looking for clues.
Two people who escaped the fire were taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, where they were treated and released a few hours after the blaze. A third person who got out of the home was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where he was being treated for smoke inhalation.
Based on interviews with the survivors, a man in the home was awakened and discovered the blaze, Fine said. Investigators have not determined what caused him to wake up.
"He went around telling people to get up," Fine said. The man made it out of the home, he said.
Shirley Culberhouse, who lives about seven houses down the street from the home that burned, said it "was a group of boys who had moved in, and they were having a party."
Another neighbor, auto mechanic Michael Brennan, said the party woke him up.
"About 2:15 [a.m.], the noise woke me up. There was an argument going on. Then, there were cars pulling out, and I was sort of waiting for the sheriff to show up when the fire happened," he said.
This report includes material from The Associated Press.
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