TYLER, TX (KLTV) - He ran out of his home, rushing to rescue a stranger, only to watch his home burn to the ground. The fire happened around 10:30am Friday, just north of Tyler off Smith County Road 485. The tragic turn of events changed the lives of two East Texas families.
Flames consumed Ozlle Jett's home in minutes, destroying every inch.
"I lost everything I got...I am cold and just sad, man," said Jett.
A pickup truck lay on its side nearby, strangely connected to the burning home firefighters worked desperately to save.
"It just blows my mind," said Ryan Kinoebel. "I can't even explain it. I'm in utter shock! I didn't even know what to do."
Sand now covers the icy road Kinoebel drove earlier, causing him to roll his pickup right onto Jett's property.
"I put a skillet on the stove and then I heard this boom," said Jett.
Jett ran to help Kinoebel who had managed to climb out a door and call 911.
"I'm trying to help somebody and see whether those guys are alright," said Jett.
Luckily, those in the wrecked truck were fine. Unfortunately, Jett's home was not.
"I started back and I seen smoke coming out the kitchen of my house," said Jett. "I run in there, throw the skillet off, started back and the smoke got me."
"I immediately called back and said, ‘There's a fire, and, by the way, I'm the guy who just called about my truck,'" said Kinoebel.
The sound of the flames was soon broken by sirens. Red Spring and Lindale crews quickly extinguished the fire, but it was too late. The home Jett cooked breakfast in just minutes earlier was reduced to ashes, leaving him in the cold with almost nothing.
"Just trust in the Lord," said Jett. "My truck and my dog, that's it. That's all I have left."
Fire officials said Jett's home is a total loss. Friends of Jett say they will be taking care of him until he can find a new place to live.
If you'd like to send any monetary donations, clothes, or food for his dog, send them to County Road 486, Box 6060 Tyler, Texas 75706. Or, you can reach Jett directly at 903-593-2874.
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