BALLINGER – The community has rallied around a Ballinger family who lost their home in a fire on Saturday.

BALLINGER – The community has rallied around a Ballinger family who lost their home in a fire on Saturday.

The home of Tim and Angela Gau, located on FM 288 or Country Club Drive, caught fire Saturday afternoon, reports from the Ballinger Fire Department indicated.

The initial call came in at 2:14 p.m. reports show and a ladder truck, engine and brush truck were dispatched to the Gau home. Upon their arrival, firefighters found the home fully engulfed in flames.

Assistant Fire Chief Brent Allen, said by the time firefighters reached the home the “fire had already gone up into the attic.”

Fire Chief Clyde Kresta was on the scene along with 18 firefighters from the Ballinger VFD. The fire was extinguished by 5 p.m. Allen said.

The fire was reportedly fueled by 30-40 mile per hour winds that day, Allen said.

Meanwhile, Tim Gau was in Clyde at a basketball team with the couple’s two seventh grade daughters and Angela was at the high school heading up the Lego Mindstorm Robotics Competition. So no one was home when the fire broke out.

Angela Gau, instructional technology specialist at BISD, remembered getting the call and heading over to the house Saturday afternoon.

The Gaus are not ones to let the tragedy overcome them  - Tim Gau was busy coaching basketball Sunday and both were at work Monday.

On Saturday, the community got to work, making sure accounts were set up at all three Ballinger banks, including First National Bank, Ballinger National Bank and First Community Federal Credit Union and that donations drop off points had been designated. The Red Cross was called as well.

By Monday, a Go Fund Me account had been set up and by Tuesday, more than $4,400 had been raised. In addition, Walmart in Ballinger has lists of sizes and needed household items for the Gau family. Items may be dropped off at the Ballinger ISD district offices at 802 Conda Ave. Or donations will be accepted at the homes of Superintendent Jeff Butts, Caroline Toliver or BISD board President Dale Halfmann.

A meal calendar is also being set up, so that community members may sign up to prepare meals for the family.

 Butts said the quick response is a testament to the caring and giving hearts of the community of Ballinger.

“It doesn’t take much to get things going in Ballinger and for people to respond,” Butts said.

Butts called the Gaus “extremely giving and extremely involved,” in the community.

“It doesn’t matter what happens in Ballinger,” Butts said. “It’s not surprising and it is always comforting to see the people in a small West Texas community taking care of each other.”

Angela Gau expressed extreme gratitude on Monday.

“This community has totally blessed us,” she said.

For more information on how and where to donate, call the BISD Administration Offices at 325-365-7500.