An East Texas family has lost their home and everything they own in an early morning fire.
The fire destroyed the home and two vehicles in the 4000 block of North Point Pleasant road in Gladewater. At 6 a.m., the Eades family scrambled out to safety as smoke and flames surrounded them.
"There was a cloud of smoke. You couldn't even see. First thing I did was make sure she was up, we ran outside as the flame was already in the living room," says Travis Eades.
"He come running back in and woke me up and said the house is on fire you need to get up and get out. My hair got burned on the way out, that's how close it was. Just flames shooting everywhere," said his wife Patsy.
Crews from Clarksville-Warren city and Gladewater rushed to beat the flames back.
"Right now, it's under investigation. It started on the north end of the house that was the most heavily fired area. It did catch one vehicle on fire and the engine compartment of another vehicle," says Clarksville-Warren City Volunteer Fire Department chief Derek Zivney.
"Now that we're out of it, its just starting to sink in. We just lost everything. We got to start all over again after just getting to the point we're we getting above water," Travis says.
They lost all their Christmas presents and personal papers, but still have a reason to be upbeat. The couple is expecting their first child.
"I have a boy on the way. 24 weeks," Patsy says.
With the support of family and friends, their spirits are high.
"Presents will all burn up in a fire. The people that you care about, that's what matters after the fire," Travis says. "As long as she's safe and he's safe I could care less what burned up in the fire."
Travis and Patsy did not have renters insurance. Right now, they are being helped by the Red Cross, and are staying with family.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:48 GMT
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