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Couple climbs through window to escape house fire

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas couple says they had to climb out of their window when they realized their home was on fire.

The fire started around 1:30AM on the 17,000 block of County Road 32 in Red Springs.

Sherry Richard says she can still remember how her grandmother used to ring her cow bell to call her in for dinner.

"It's the house and all the memories in there that meant a lot to me and my family," said Richard, lost family home in fire.

This morning, around 5AM she received the devastating news that the house had been destroyed in a fire.

"It went up pretty fast from one o'clock they called us at five this morning and it was almost through burning," said Richard.

The house once belonged to her grandparents, and was given to her uncle and aunt.

Richardson says her uncle heard a crackling, popping noise and quickly woke up.

"He went to look and went to the garage and there it was he got a wet towel and started beating it but it wouldn't," said Richard.

That's when Richard's uncle called the fire department for help.

Richard says the house didn't have any electricity and used this generator to power up the home; which is what the family believes caused the fire.

"They do not have insurance on their home they lost their car no insurance on the car so they pretty much lost everything they have right here," said Connie Wasson, Smith County Fire Marshal

"Driving by and knowing it's here its home to me it's always been home and I'm going to miss it not being here and not seeing it," said Richard.

Richard's uncle and aunt are staying with family.

The Smith County Fire Marshals say the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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