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"I tried to save my house, but I couldn't..."

WINONA,TX (KLTV) - An East Texas family is left with nothing after their home was destroyed by a fire over the weekend. It happened in the 700 block Church St. in Winona Saturday afternoon.

 It was a home that had been in the Hampton's family for over 80 years.

Tanya Isham says she's not even sure how the fire started, all she knows is she stepped outside and when she returned the home was on fire.

"I turned around to look back and I don't know if it was my TV maybe because nothing else was on maybe it messed with the surge, but my house was already gone," said Tanya Isham, homeowner.

 Isham says the night before there had been a power outage on her street leaving her neighborhood without power for about 4 hours, but it's not clear if that incident is related to this fire.

 All Isham knows is she was going to do everything to try and save her home.

"I was crying I was hysterical and I had the water hose and I finally said baby there's nothing I can do," said Isham.

"When we got on scene basically the house was fully involved; there was no windows no doors everything was gone flames were probably shooting about 30 feet in the air," said Fire Chief Nelson Brumley, Winona Volunteer Fire Department.

Brumley says the Winona Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene around 5 in the afternoon on Saturday. It took the help of two other fire departments, Red Springs and Jackson Heights, to finally contain the fire.

"The wind the was basically how it is today it just caused that house to be an inferno there was no one way we were going to be able to put it out ," said Brumley.

Isham says the things inside the house can be replaced, but with a house this old, it's the lost memories that hurt.

The Brumley tells us the cause of the fire is still being investigated.

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