SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV)- While many East Texans were sleeping early Wednesday morning, one East Texas family was awake watching their house go up in flames.
The fire started around 2 a.m. on the 500 block of Dobbs Terrace in Smith County.
For the last 16 years the Villalovos family called the place home, but the fire has reduced it to charred wood. Magdalena Villalovos and her husband first noticed the flames that were in the back of the home.
"I ran to get my kids and grand kids out of the house," Magdalena Villalovos said.
"Everyone was trying to make sure that everyone got out and then we couldn't do anything just wait for the fire department to show up," said Cindy Villalovos.
The Villalovos family said the fire started in the back of the home and worked its way to the front. In an attempt to save a couple of their things, they ran to the front of their home.
"We tried to push the car so it wouldn't catch on fire, but it was impossible," Magdalena said.
"I was praying that someone would show up," Cindy said.
According to the family, Lindale Fire Department showed up to put out the fire along with Red Springs and Tyler Fire Department. They were not fast enough, however, to save their home.
"I look at where my things used to be and I just keep looking because they're no longer there because everything burned down," Magdalena said.
The family said even though they lost everything they're all happy to be alive. They will be staying with a relative next door until they get back on their feet again.