Slideshow: Fritch Residents Pick Up the Pieces After Fire A fire near the Panhandle town of Fritch destroyed 225 homes, leaving the town grappling with questions about its future. by Todd Wiseman and Edgar Walters June 20, 2014 6 AM 4 Sam Jones' house, which overlooked a dry Lake Meredith, burned down in a fire last month. Jerod Foster Jones has taken up residence in his basement storm shelter, which lacks running water. He showers at a neighbor's house. Jerod Foster A row of charred pine trees is all that remains in Jones' yard. Jerod Foster The town is now grappling with questions about its future and how to provide aid to the hundreds of residents displaced by the fire. Jerod Foster At the same time, prosecutors are investigating former city officials for possible theft and misuse of funds, the local DA said. Jerod Foster Local residents said the town was in limbo because charity organizations have been able to provide immediate aid but not long-term assistance. Jerod Foster As many as half of the residents displaced by the fire may not return. Jerod Foster Josh Blythe and Madeline Lyckman lost their home outside Fritch. Jerod Foster Blythe and Lyckman are now living with Lyckman's parents. They hope to receive a donated mobile home from a family friend. Jerod Foster The fire destroyed more than 100 automobiles. The Texas Department of Transportation awarded $15,000 to Panhandle Community Services to help with car-pooling. Jerod Foster Get The Brief Never miss a moment in Texas politics with our daily newsletter. Hide all comments Comment Policy The Texas Tribune is pleased to provide the opportunity for you to share your observations about this story. We encourage lively debate on the issues of the day, but we ask that you refrain from using profanity or other offensive speech, engaging in personal attacks or name-calling, posting advertising, or wandering away from the topic at hand. To comment, you must be a registered user of the Tribune, and your real name will be displayed. Thanks for taking time to offer your thoughts. You must be logged in to leave a comment. | Login | Sign Up Your Comment Read More Comments Support our nonprofit newsroom. Donate now.