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Family makes surprise discovery in fire aftermath

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Despite the smoke and flames, this family's dog managed to survive. Family members digging through the rubble this afternoon discovered the dog under a bed.

"I was just glad to see at least one come out and made it through this tragedy," said Patsy Alexander.  Alexander spent the afternoon at the aftermath of her uncles home.

Authorities say the fire was started when a faulty heater caught a sofa on fire. The flames quickly spread to the rest of the home.

James Culpepper acted fast. His wife, daughter, two nieces and a baby were in the home when the fire broke out. After getting his family to safety, he tried to fight the flames.

He suffered from burns and smoke inhalation and was taken to a Dallas Hospital. His family says Culpepper and his wife lost everything, including medication.

Culpepper's family is thankful the dog was saved, but are praying for the "hero" who saved so many.

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