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Special needs teacher loses home in Smith County fire

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WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas woman loses her home of more than 30 years in a fire.

The fire started around 11 o'clock Monday morning in Whitehouse in the 12,000 block of FM 344.

Gail Mullican, a long-time special needs teacher at Tyler ISD, says this is the second time her home has burned.

"We had a fire years ago when my daughter was about ten. It was just the store room though, and it happened during the lightning strike--but nothing like this," Mullican remarked.

Fire officials received a call after a passerby saw smoke coming from being the trees.

Smith County Fire Marshall Connie Wasson says that being that the house was back in the woods, it was lucky the fire was spotted, or else the home could have been a total loss.

Aside from the laundry room and kitchen, firefighters were able to save most of the home.

Mullican lives full time at a home in Tyler. She says she plans to rebuild, because this home is where she plans to retire.

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