AN EAST TEXAS FAMILY IS STILL DEALING WITH THE EFFECTS WITH A FIRE IN THEIR HOME. BUT THEY CAN SALVAGE A LOT OF THEIR BELONGINGS THANKS LARGELY TO JUST ONE FIREFIGHTER.
THE FIRE HAPPENED YESTERDAY ON OSCAR RAGAN (REAGAN) ROAD IN HARLETON. KLTV 7'S TAYLOR HEMNESS EXPLAINS WHY THE FAMILY IS LUCKY TO HAVE THE NEIGHBOR THAT THEY DO.
THERE ARE PARTS OF EAST TEXAS WHERE YOUR CLOSEST NEIGHBOR ISN'T REALLY ALL THAT CLOSE. LUCKILY, THAT'S NOT THE CASE HERE.
:02 "Chief Harper lives just a short distance through the pasture here, and he had come out on his back porch, and just happened to look this way, and then he saw the smoke coming from his neighbor's house."
HARLETON FIRE CHIEF MIKE HARPER QUICKLY GOT OVER TO THE HOUSE, AND STARTED FIGHTING THE FIRE, WITH THE ONLY THING HE COULD: A WATER HOSE.
8:20 "Whenever I drove up, he had on his safety gear like he was supposed to. He was in dress, and responded as a professional fireman would have."
HARLETON FIRE CHAPLAIN MIKE BRITTAIN SAYS CHIEF HARPER STILL CALLED FOR HELP FIGHTING THE FIRE, AND THE REST OF THE DEPARTMENT ARRIVED TO GET IT PUT OUT. STILL, CHIEF HARPER SAVED A LOT OF THE FAMILY'S BELONGINGS.
3:11 "If he hadn't been fighting it with the water hose, as limited as that was, probably this structure wouldn't be here today."
AND CHIEF HARPER IS NOT DONE HELPING THIS FAMILY.
4:54 "They are staying in a motor home that Chief Harper also had, and he's loaned it to them to stay for this period."
MAKING HIM A GOOD SAMARITAN, ALL OVER AGAIN.
TH, KLTV 7 NEWS