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5/25/04 - Tyler

Tyler Family Losses Everything in House Fire

"I lost everything. We lost our clothes, shoes, we lost everything."
Lisa Waddleton described the results of a fire that gutted her home early Sunday morning.
The single mother of six was asleep when her 13-year-old son, Vester, woke her, yelling that the house was on fire.
"I was in the bed and smoke started coming," she said. "I had to put the pillow over my face, and I couldn't hardly breathe or talk, and I said 'Somebody help me!'"
With his younger brothers safely outside, Vester rushed back in the burning home to help his mother.
"We couldn't go to the front it was too bad," Vester said. "So her boyfriend broke the window and we got out, and then she was still stuck in there, so I had to go break a window and lift it up and get her out of there."
Vester suffered a cut to his leg when he crawled through the broken glass to safety.
Though the family made it outside without serious harm, they found themselves watching everything they owned burn, with no shoes on their feet and only pajamas on their back.
"I'm just praying to the Lord, bless us to make it and hopefully something will work out for us, because we don't have nowhere to live or nothing."
That's where Eagle Academy of Tyler steps in.
Lisa's son, Alvin, is in the 10th grade at the school. Community Relations Director Sylvia Key said as soon as she learned of the families problem, deciding to help was easy.
"We try to get involved with the parent not only in their education aspect but in their personal need," Sylvia said. "Of course in a situation with the family being completely burned out, their going to need help."
The school will serve as a drop off center for clothing, furniture and other donations. A relief fund was set up in the Waddleton family name at Southside Bank.
Lisa is thankful for the school's help, but more thankful for the son that came to her rescue.
"My son saved my life," she said. "If it wasn't for him I wouldn't be here today."
If you would like to help the Waddleton family, you can make a donation in the Waddleton family name to the tragedy relief fund at any Tyler Southside Bank. To drop off clothing, furniture and other items at Eagle Academy of Tyler, you can take those donations to 2235 W. Gentry Parkway, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Story by Maya Golden, mgolden@kltv.com

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