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Gresham family needs help after fire destroys home

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GRESHAM, TX (KLTV) - Smoke detectors saved their lives, but an East Texas family is asking for help, after losing everything in a house fire. It happened early Thursday morning in the 16000 block of Shadyridge Drive in Gresham.

Isaac and Ester Eweni have three children and neighbors are now trying to help get the word out.

"Our hearts were broken because, I mean, it was such a tragic thing," said neighbor, Aletta Hall.

It was 3:30am Thursday morning. Ester Eweni and their three children were fast asleep.

"[The] smoke detector went off, and the dog was scratching on the back door," said Eweni.

When she got up, ester says smoke was up to her neck.

"[I] never ever dreamed it would be like that when we got up," said Eweni. "Basically, we left with the clothes on our back. I came out and didn't even have shoes on."

Fire fighters responded, but, within minutes, their home of 13 years was gone.

"We actually had only the clothes on our back," said Eweni. "I even got my glasses out of there the next day and cleaned them but they're charred all the way around. Basically, it left us with nothing."

Hall says her neighbors, the Ewenis, are not the type to ask for help.

"They've really done a lot for everybody else, but, you know, just kind of hoping that everyone else will reach back out and help them too," said Hall.

Fire investigators told Eweni the blaze was probably sparked by a faulty outlet.

"I talked to the fire marshal later and he said, you know, we're one of the lucky ones because a lot of people don't make it out," said Eweni.

She says this serves as an important reminder to check your smoke detectors.

"I'll tell anybody, get them a dog and get them some smoke detectors up because that's what saved us," said Eweni.

Ester, who works at a nearby daycare, says they do have insurance.

But, they are still in immediate need of anything you can give:

Monetary Donations: Kelly Community Federal Credit Union under Isaac and Ester Eweni.

Other Donations (clothes, gift cards, etc) can be mailed or dropped off at "The Young Shall Grow Daycare" at 16625 CR 165, Tyler, TX 75703 between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Or call 903-561-2355.

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