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Fire destroys Liberty city home

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- Fire destroys a former Gregg county sheriffs deputies home near Liberty city. Its Christmas eve, and while most of us are anticipating family and friends sharing Christmas day, one east Texas family is picking up the pieces, after fire destroys their home and everything they own. It happened around 5 yesterday afternoon when crews were called to a house fire in the 56-hundred block of west Goforth road near Liberty city. A day before Christmas , family was sifting through the charred remnants of the home of Aubrey and Barbara McElroy.

"It hasn't hit us yet, we haven't realized what all is gone," Aubrey says.

A heat lamp that was keeping a dog warm is thought to have started the fire. McElroy tried to put it out himself, but to no avail. McElroy remodeled the home himself, but in minutes, a lifetime of collections and memories were gone.

"My mom and dad losing everything they own, he helped a lot of people , he's worked hard all these years and now he has nothing," said daughter Ellyn Willardson.

Though they lost everything they owned including the Christmas presents they had bought each other, McElroy says he's glad to be alive and has everything he needs, his family.

"I have all my family and we're all safe and healthy, so it's still going to be a good Christmas," says Aubrey.

McElroy is a navy veteran and a retired deputy from Gregg county sheriffs office. Aubrey lost one of his most prized possessions. His service revolver. A relief fund for the McElroy's is being set up at Austin bank on Monday. Those wishing to help can call 903-805-8899.

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