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Woman saves dogs in house fire

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- An early morning fire in Rusk County had a homeowner scrambling to get out, and to save her numerous pets. It happened around 4-am Tuesday morning at a home off of county road 4133-D in the Gaston-Joinerville community off Highway 64. Investigators believe sparks from the fireplace may have started the blaze that totally destroyed Mary Erskines house.

"The room was filling with smoke the fire was growing, I'm not quite sure what woke me up. I realized the house was on fire and tried to put it out and it seemed like it just really went up," Erskine says.

Within seconds, Erskine was surrounded by flames, and she immediately thought of her dozen or so dogs inside and outside her burning home.

"I was trying to grab my dogs that I had on the inside of the house to get them to safety and get the ones that were close to the house get them to safety," she says.

Heat from the flames were melting the dog houses, Erskine rushed from dog to dog moving them away from the heat receiving burns to her hands.

"I knew I wasn't going to be able to save the house , but I wasn't going to leave the animals to suffer for it, the fire department came and helped me rescue some of the outside dogs," says Erskine.

But Erskine couldn't be everywhere at once. Two dogs died in the fire. The home burned to the ground, but Erskine is thankful to get out alive.

"The great thing is I'm alright, and the dogs are o-k," she says.

Erskine was insured.

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