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Family Of Five Lose House In Fire

It was a scary night for a teenager and her 11-year-old sister. When their house caught fire, their parents were at work and they were asleep. The fire started around 10:20 p.m. last night in the 2400 block of Old Omen Road in Tyler. The outside of the house is still standing, but everything inside was destroyed. Eleven-year-old Michaela Williams is the family hero today.

"If it wasn't for my sister Michaela we'd probably be dead," said Kimberly Williams who was in the house when the fire started. When Michaela smelled smoke in her house last night, she immediately thought of her sister.

"She came in the room screaming saying that the house was on fire, so we came out of my room and we looked in the hallway and there's this fire coming down the hallway," said Kimberly. "That's when Kimberly grabbed a lamp and broke the window to get out.

"After she busted out the window I just jumped through because the door was on fire and everything was catching on fire and I was scared," said Michaela. After escaping the burning house, Kimberly and Michaela ran to their neighbors and called their parents.

"I was on my way home from work at the time, so I was riding with my brother and we just stepped on it and tried to get here as fast as we could," said Larry Simmons, Stepfather. By the time Jerry got there, all he could do was watch his house burn. This afternoon, was the first time he and his family saw their house in daylight.

"Some of it wasn't burned, but the very important stuff was," said Michaela.

"Pictures, you know pictures and stuff like that and we just started an album for our baby that's coming up and we lost that," said Jerry. Even so, Jerry is just glad is family got out safely.

"We can get that stuff back, it may take some time, but we'll get them back," said Jerry. "I'm just glad everybody's ok." The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. If you would like to help the Williams family, contact the American Red Cross.

Molly Reuter, reporting.

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