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ETX teen’s quick-thinking first saved the lives of others, and now his own


A few weeks ago Blayke Holsome's quick-thinking saved the lives of others and now it's saved his own life.

"I woke up coughing and there's just enough light from the street lights to see that my room was packed with smoke," Blayke says.

Blayke quickly realized his house was on fire and crawled out of his bedroom window. He was the only person home at the time.

"He had been here maybe an hour and a half and then we got the call," says Rachel Skidmore, Blayke's stepmom. She and Blayke's dad, Martin Holsome, were at the tattoo parlor where Martin works.

"Of all the people it could happen to and it happened here and you just wonder why? It's crazy, you don't know what to think about it," Blayke says.

The Holsome family lost everything. Rachel Skidmore, Martin Holsome, Blayke, and his two younger sisters all lived in the home, which was built by Martin's grandparents back in 1965.

34 years of memories for Martin are now ashes, but he is once again proud of his son.

"It seems like this young man is being put through the fire, literally, and he seems to prevail in all ways."

"I was just getting back into routine. After the bus scenario, I was kind of uneasy about everything, but just getting back into routine, and then this happened," Blayke says.

Blayke is glad his family is alright and says he knows God has a plan for them, "He doesn't give you more than he knows your faith can take care of."

There's also another lesson Blayke is taking away from this experience, "You can't take anything for granted, you've got to be thankful for what you have, and we're just going to move on step by step."

The family is staying in a travel trailer loaned to them by family friends. They say they are already on their way to making new memories.

Rusk fire officials say the fire started just before 2 o'clock in the morning on Saturday. The fire is still under investigation. Officials say they aren't sure what started the blaze.

If you would like to make a donation to the Holsome family, an account has been set up for them at the Cherokee County Credit Union.

You can also drop off any items you would like to donate at Malice Ink Tattoo & Piercing off of West Loop 343 in Rusk, where Martin Holsome works. 

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