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Family of six loses everything in fire


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SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas couple and their four children are without a home, after it suddenly and mysteriously went up in flames.

It happened along Smith County Road 2167, just off Highway 110 going into Whitehouse.

Jeremy and Tisha Coon say they had invested everything into their home, providing for their four young children. But Tuesday afternoon all their family could do was look on in disbelief.

"You can't comprehend it," said Jeremy Coon's cousin, Chris Coon.

As flames raced through, their memories went up in smoke.

"Yeah, it's like a total loss," said Tisha Coon. "We don't have anything."

Fortunately, she says they were not home.

"I was just in town with me and I had my 2-month-old, a 2 1/2-year-old, and my twins are at school, they're five," said Tisha Coon.

Smith County fire marshals say it appears the fire started in the utility room.

"She was doing a little bit of ironing before she left home this morning and said when she unplugged her iron that she had a lot of sparks come out her plug that's about all I know at this time," said Connie Wassom, Assistant Smith County Fire Marshal.

The fire quickly spread. Firefighters had a tough time getting a handle on a blaze in the attic. They were able to salvage some pictures, but that is it.

"I think it is still pretty much a shock," said Tisha Coon. "I mean, like all the kids stuff, I just worry about. It's almost humiliating because this is all we have."

But Chris Coon says they have a large family to support them.

"We're sticking together and we'll take care of each other," he said.

The American Red Cross has been notified so they can help provide clothes for the kids. The Coons do have insurance.

A tragedy fund has been set up to help out the family. You can make donations at any Southside Bank to the Coon Family Fire Tragedy Fund.

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