Daughter, mother killed in East Texas house fire

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A 60-year-old woman and her 81-year-old mother were killed Wednesday morning from a fire in a house in which they lived on County Road 1475 near Huntington.

According to Huntington Police Chief Steven Sifford, the home caught fire around 6:15 a.m. It started in the front bedroom and possibly because of electrical heating or wiring.

The mother's name was Mary Jane Huffman and the daughter's was Mary Melissa Huffman.

Mary Mellissa Huffman's common-law husband, Clinton McClendon, said he had been in a relationship with his wife for 13 years. He was at work when the blaze occurred. He said he had just gotten out of jail on a burglary of a vehicle charge.

"They were good people," McClendon said. "They never left their house. They always stayed at home. I was the one leaving and doing things I shouldn't, but they didn't."

Huntington Volunteer Fire Chief Jerry LaSalle said the two died from smoke inhalation.

The home is located about an eighth of a mile from U.S. Highway 69.

Huntington volunteer firefighters also responded to a house fire at 9:13 a.m. on the 200 block of Greenridge Circle, which is located off of U.S. highway 59, between Lufkin and Burke.

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