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"I'm praying that my mom never woke up"

Veronica Henderson Veronica Henderson

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TYLER,TX (KLTV)-  An overnight fire has claimed the life of 52-year-old Ceola Jones.

Shortly after midnight on Sunday, Tyler Firefighters were called to the 1200 Block of Charles St.

"I'm praying that my mom never woke up that's the prayer that I have, I'm praying that my mother slept through it and that she didn't feel anything," said Veronica Henderson, mourning mother's death.

Authorities have not released a name, but Veronica Henderson believes it was her mother trapped inside the home when flames destroyed it.

"My brothers called me around one o'clock and told me that the house was on fire and that my mom was in the house," said Veronica.

But Veronica says she knew her mother wouldn't make it out of the house alive, so she prayed

"As long as they can tell me that my mom didn't feel it then I can be ok with it," said Veronica.

Investigators say a the fire was well underway when they arrived at the scene. Firefighters stayed until 4 AM, finding a woman's body in the living room.

 Neighbor Magielean Johnson says Ceola was known around the neighborhood for her kind nature.

 "Miss Ceola Jones she was the sweetest person I ever met in a long time she didn't meet no strangers she was sweet to everybody," said Magielean Johnson, remembers neighbor.

 And says everybody is already starting to feel her absence.

"That's a big loss to us, to this neighborhood. She's going to be missed around here," said Magielean.

Family and neighbors have been gathering to support one another, because they know some things are out of their hands.

"We stay with God so we know that he don't make mistakes so if this is his will there was a reason and we cant get angry with him we just have to pray that he keeps us strong," said Veronica.

The body has been sent to Dallas for an autopsy. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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