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House fire leaves family of 10 homeless

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Firefighters worked for hours to put out an early morning fire that destroyed a Smith County home.

The fire broke shortly after 2:00 am, Friday, in the 10,000 block of Country Hills Boulevard, just off of Highway 271 in Smith County

Dondra Haynes says it took her family 10 years to make this house their home, but as soon as she saw the flames, she knew everyone had to move out fast.

"My husband jumped on top of the house with the water hose trying to keep it from coming towards the house but as you can see it's taken everything that we have," said Dondra Haynes, lost everything in fire.

Firefighters from four fire departments made it to the scene, but despite the hard work everything was lost.

"It's just so hard right now we're struggling and now our house burns down and it has everything in there all my kids clothes every memory of our children that we had and now we have nothing," said Haynes.

Now the Haynes' home is just a pile of rubble.

"What was in there was stuff we worked for and my husband my uncle... and everything in there we accumulated and worked for is just gone," said Haynes.

The family says they thank God no one was hurt in the fire, but now thoughts about where they will go are weighing them down.

"It's not like we have any kind of income we're on a fixed income we barely make it with my uncle's check in paying the rent and it's just bad because we don't have anything," said Haynes.

Investigators say the fire started from previous burn pile the family had going during the day. They thought it was out, but for whatever reason it rekindled and caught the storage shed on fire which in turn caught the house on fire.

The Smith County Fire Marshal's office says there were four adults and six children living in the house at the time, but they all got out safely.

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