Accident

Orange restaurant owner still recovering after May robbery, says home is ‘total loss’ after Sunday fire

Both the May robbery and the Sunday fire occurred at his house.

ORANGE, Texas — An early Sunday morning fire devastated the home of a Southeast Texas restaurant owner, who is still recovering after being shot multiple times during a May robbery.

The fire occurred in the 1800 block of Lincoln Drive in Orange.

Oscar LeBlanc, owner of the home and of area restaurant Bluebird Fish Camp, told 12News he was not home when the fire occurred because he was recovering at a different location after the robbery left him severely injured. 

LeBlanc said he chose to recover at a different location because he was not comfortable in his own home after the crime. 

Both the May robbery and the Sunday fire occurred at his house.

According to LeBlanc, firefighters found heavy flames coming from the center of the home, and at this time, the cause of the fire is not known.

LeBlanc said his house received major fire and smoke damage and appears to be a “total loss.”

GoFundMe has been set up if you want to help by donating money. 

LeBlanc returned home shortly before Father’s Day after having to have nine surgeries due to the May robbery.

The Orange community rallied around the entire family upon his return and held an event in July to raise money to ease the family’s load. 

Written by Tiana Johnson (KBMT)

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