A hundred-plus year old East Texas home went
up in flames, and reignited twice, costing residents everything they own.
The fire started
Monday afternoon at a home in the 400 block of east Main street in the
historic district of Henderson.
A neighbor noticed that flames were shooting
from the roof of the house which was built in 1910.
"I saw blazes up around the air
conditioning unit up there. They were doing the best they could; it's a hard
one to put out. I was afraid it could get out of hand 'cause it's old and it's
solid wood," says neighbor John Hollie.
Fire crews initially doused the blaze and
saved the lower portion of the two story structure, but almost as soon as they
left it was on fire again.
"I saw smoke that I thought was
leftover smoke so I didn't pay too much attention to it, but a little later the
fire trucks were back and they had to put it out again," Hollie says.
Six people lost nearly everything
in the blaze, because before they could get back to salvage anything, it
"I walked around and I saw fire on the
other side so I called the fire department a third time," says Hollie.
Many of these families have known each other
"I knew the people that live here
forever. It was three generations I saw in that house. I'm glad they didn't
see this," Hollis says.
Everyone was able to get out unharmed.
Firefighters stayed on scene all night.
Residents are being helped by The Red Cross,
and a relief fund is being established.
Investigators have not
yet determined what caused the fire.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
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