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Family Loses Home to Fire, 4 Days Before Christmas

GREGG CO., TX -- "I had a couple of big propane tanks sitting here, so I moved them over there, because I didn't know if the fire would come out and blow the propane tanks up," neighbor David Sullivan says.
David Sullivan had to act fast after waking up to his neighbor’s home engulfed in flames.
"I heard some screaming and they were hollering my name, I was in bed asleep and I woke up, the first thing I did was look out the window and I saw the fire, and before they said anything else I went and called 911," Sullivan says.
Although the Longview fire department got the fire out rather quickly, it was still too late to salvage anything.
"We were lucky no one was injured in the fire, no injuries were reported when they first got on scene, and no injuries have been reported since," Gregg County Sargent Josh Tubbs says.
The family of 4 was able to get out unharmed, but unfortunately the family kitten did not survive.
"At this time, there is nothing criminal in nature is apparent," Sgt. Tubbs says.
The Gregg County fire marshal is still investigating the cause of the fire.

But for now, fire officials want to make sure residents are staying safe during the holiday season.
"We know that it’s going to be getting colder, so if you’re going to be using any kind of space heaters, electric heaters, make sure they’re plugged into a wall outlet, and not into the surge protectors," Sgt. Tubbs says.


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