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Jacksonville firemen save elderly woman from burning home

By Jamey Boyum

JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - An elderly East Texas woman escaped a house fire with the help of firefighters Monday afternoon.

It happened in Jacksonville in the 800 block of Fort Worth Street around one o'clock.

Six people lived in the home, and one woman may not have escaped if it weren't for the help of the Jacksonville Fire Department.

Three people were at the house when the fire broke out.

"I was out on the back porch with my granddaughter Maggie, and I came in and it was just filled with smoke. So, I told Maggie, I grabbed her and put her outside and said do not come in this house. And it was black. It was pitch black, and the smoke was strong," said Marsha Roberts.

Marsha's mother in law, Mildred Roberts, was lying in bed watching television.

"I don't walk and I was laying there and I heard the noises [and] smoke alarms... So, the room started getting full of smoke and then about that time they ran in," she said.

They are Joe Nix and James Terry. They were two of the firefighters who ran in the house when they heard there was still someone in there.

"We went ahead and went straight in doing search and rescue maneuvers, and when we found her..Mr. Terry, he located her first , I was right behind him, and we got her up and got her to exit the building. We carried her out, out here to safety," Joe Nix said.

They got her out. I stayed in the room to do more search and rescue, stayed there until I had a hose on it," Said James Terry.

They made sure no one else was in the house as they got the fire under control. The Fire Chief said Mildred was on oxygen, and because of that she didn't have to be admitted to the hospital. She was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

"We were very fortunate. We really were," said Marsha.

Firefighters were able to stop the fire before the house was a total loss.

The homeowners were insured, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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