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Early morning fire damages Tyler home


A family of 10 narrowly got out of their burning home early Monday morning. The fire broke out just after midnight on the 900 of W. 1St St. in Tyler.

Mike Molina says the hardest part about watching his house burn down was seeing the look on his father's face.

"My dad took it kind of hard he's the provider of the house and to sit back and watch his house catch on fire and him not be able to do anything about it was pretty sad," said Mike Molina, grew up in the home.

Mike said all 10 family members had gone to bed by 11 PM.

The Molina family says one of the family members, who doesn't live in the home, took down the fire alarm because it kept going off when the family would cook, leaving the Molina family with no warning when the fire broke out.

"If it wasn't for those neighbors they probably wouldn't have made it because they said it took them a while before they heard the noise and the commotion," said Mike.

Bertha Molina says when she finally woke up, all she could hear and smell was the crackling of the wood and smoke that filled her home.

Bertha says all she could think about was her kids and her home.

"I had hope that they would have been able to put out the fire but they weren't able to," said Bertha Molina, homeowner.

All 10 members of the family were able to escape safely, but majority of their belongings were lost in the fire.

Their dog Sally was also lost in the fire.

"I kept calling her name over and over and she never came out of the house I told the firefighters my dog was inside the house but they couldn't do anything about it because the fire was so bad," said Bertha.

The Molina family says they will be staying with a family member in the mean time.

Tyler fire officials have ruled this as an electrical fire



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