Family loses everything in fourth of July Fire

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- An East Texas family returned from a Fourth of July celebration to find their home in flames. The fire broke out Sunday at a home in the 3100 block of Lamont Street in Tyler. Sisters Sandy Nichols and Amanda Keideo came home Sunday morning to find smoke billowing out of the home.

"I see this on TV , I watch it on TV, and it breaks my heart for people, but you never think you're going to come home to it being your house," says Amanda.

Though crews were able to put out the flames, the home was gutted inside, burning all of the family's possessions including everything belonging to the sisters' 4 little girls.

"They just lost every toy, their underwear, their socks, their toothbrushes, I just don't know where to start," Amanda says.

The fire started in the oldest daughters bedroom.

"It hurts, I was there for 4 and a half hours yesterday pulling everything out and still coming in today, knowing it started in her room," says the sisters cousin, Rebecca Flood.

They tried to salvage anything they could, but not much is left, only a few pictures.

"You just blink and everything's gone. Everything's different. Its not just a house, this was our home you know," Amanda says.

They are left with only one good thing out of it all.

"All the girls, all 4 beautiful bouncing loving little girls are still with us," Flood says.

Investigators say electrical wiring may have caused the fire. The family needs everything from clothing to a place to live. If you'd like to help, an account has been set up. You can donate at any Southside Bank location under the name of Sandy Nichols.

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