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Family of four escape early morning house fire near Gilmer

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Flames shoot from the home's roof as the family looked on Flames shoot from the home's roof as the family looked on
The fire started in a goat pen positioned against the home The fire started in a goat pen positioned against the home
The homeowner managed to grab a few family photos before fleeing with his family The homeowner managed to grab a few family photos before fleeing with his family
GILMER, TX (KLTV) -

Upshur County fire crews are on the scene of a house fire southeast of Gilmer.

The fire broke out around 5:30 A.M. Friday morning at a home in the 7600 block of Green Hills Road near the intersection of Martin Lane in the Glenwood Acres neighborhood.

The initial call was for a fire in a family's goat shed. Residents had a heat lamp in the shed so the goats would not get too cold overnight. Residents said they believe the goat kicked the heat lamp over, which caught hay in the shed on fire.

The shed was butted up next to the house, allowing the fire to quickly spread to the house as well. It burned through the side of the house into the living room. Two adults and their two teenagers were inside the home at the time of the fire.

The family's teenage son woke up first, and then alerted his parents to the fire. All four family members were able to escape. The family said their goats are also all ok.

The family tell KLTV that stuff is easily replaceable and that they are just happy to be alive.

Diana, Glenwood, East Mountain and Longview fire crews all responded to the blaze.

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