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Longview man pulls daughter from burning house

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV)- A morning house fire in Longview sent one woman to the hospital with burn injuries.

Officials said the fire started around 9:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of Bertha Street in south Longview.

Family members said the woman's 76-year old father found the house in flames and pulled her out before it was too late.

Beulah Thomas was outside when she suspected something might be wrong at her daughter's house across the street.

"I was sitting on the porch and heard something popping. After a while I called my husband I said, 'what is over there popping?'" said Beulah.

Her husband Willie went to investigate and found their daughter's home in flames.

"He said the house is on fire and I said, 'Go in there and see if Stella is still in there..' " Beulah said.

"I tried to get in the house but it was locked up so I had to kick the door in," Willie said.

Convinced that Stella was still in the house, Willie found the strength to break in.
The smoke was heavy, but he found her.

"I saw her crawling. I got down low and pulled her out from under there," he said.

When Willie pulled Stella out he saw she was injured.

"Her hand was burnt and it got on her leg a little," he said.

"There was one victim that was out of the structure at the time of arrival that is being transported for burns to her arms and hands," Longview Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary.

Officials said two other people were treated for smoke inhalation.

"One lives in an apartment nearby, another, unsure of where he lives was trying to help and make sure there wasn't anybody inside the residence," Zackary said.

Longview fire officials said they know the fire started in the living room, but the actual cause is still unknown.

Officials said Stella was the only person in the house at the time of the fire. They said her burns are not life-threatening.

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