Cleburne resident Derrek Grisham, 26, said he ran to his mother’s home to check on her and his 10-year-old son, who was staying with her.
‘‘I had to kick in the front door to get them out,’’ he said, explaining the two had taken shelter in a bathtub.
On Thursday, he went through his mother’s damaged home, salvaging items before the home is likely torn down. The roof had been ripped off and he said her belongings were a jumbled mass, but crosses had stayed in place on the living room wall.
Brown reported from Granbury, Texas, and Stengle from Granbury and Cleburne, Texas. Associated Press writers Diana Heidgerd and Terry Wallace in Dallas; AP videographer John Mone in Granbury; and freelance photographer Mike Fuentes contributed to this report.