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ETX girl burned in mobile home fire released from hospital

FRUITVALE, TX (KLTV) -

A 14-year-old girl, who was burned when her family's mobile home caught fire, has been released from the hospital. 

"Breezie" Harris, the girl's older sister, says she was treated for smoke inhalation and burns at Parkland Hospital in Dallas but is doing well. 

The family's 16-year-old boy rescued his 14-year-old sister by breaking a window and pulling her to safety. 

The Fruitvale community is working to help Breezie and her brother and younger sister, who lost their mother and their home in the fire.

Officials say a space heater started the fire at their home in Van Zandt County.

Five people were inside when the mobile home caught on fire.

Their mother, 41-year-old Wendy Harris, did not make it out alive.

Members of the First Baptist Church of Fruitvale say their tight-knit community is coming together to support the surviving victims.

"I think everybody is doing what they can, really, to help the situation, and praying about those kids in the hospital, that they're ok," says Joyce Williams, a member of the church.

Fruitvale ISD, along with the First Baptist Church, are accepting donations for the children.

"They lost everything in the fire so we're collecting anything that can help them be comfortable during the day or at night, toiletries, clothing, any type of bedding, anything that can help them get through another day," says Jenifer Jones, Fruitvale ISD's superintendent.

Jones says school officials already made a trip to Dallas to help the kids.

"They went up there to go check on the students and they found out what they needed and went to the store and got them some clothes to take back up to the hospital for them to change into," Jones says.

Church members say there has been a big response from the community. One person even offered to donate a single-wide trailer for the family to live in.

Fruitvale ISD says they have collected around $2,000 in donations. Still, Jones says the children will need all the support they can get.

"They're going to be hurting, so they need everyone's thoughts and prayers," Jones says.

The First Baptist Church of Fruitvale has collected almost $6,000 in donations for the family.

Church members say you can drop off any donations at the church or Fruitvale High School. The family is especially in need of boys and girls clothes, size 3-4x.

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