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Fire Breaks Out At Truman W. Smith Children's Hospital

Around 5:30 yesterday evening, a fire erupted in the administration building of the Truman W. Smith Children's Center in Gladewater. It's a home for more than 100 special needs children and adults, located on Highway 80 in Upshur County.

As a precaution, the residents were evacuated. A staging sight was set up behind the Truman Smith Center while patients waited to be evacuated. 100 of them are now at Gladewater High School. The others are split up in various hospitals across East Texas.

A mother of one of the patients, was frantic as she arrived on the scene. "I was at home. They called me at home. I had to go through all the building and two buses to find her. I think I'm going to take her home tonight," says Vivian Fajardo.

Fire officials say the cause may have been electrical. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. The children were taken to the hospital because of existing medical needs. The residents won't be allowed back to Truman Smith until the cleanup process is over and that could be about a week. Officials tell us some of the children's Christmas presents were damaged in the fire.

Amy Tatum, reporting.

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