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1/27/05-Smith County

Fire Destroys Home

Fire destroys a Smith County home Friday morning. It started a little before 6:00 a.m. in the 20,000 block of Bay Shore Drive.

The couple inside managed to get out safely, but their home was destroyed. Fire marshals say a faulty connection to the water heater may have triggered the fire. Plumbers had replaced that connection just 2 days ago.

Three local volunteer departments spent more than two hours putting out the blaze. "We have lost almost everything there are some clothes and some things that where my late fathers. Things like that are a blessing to me and my wife," says Al Matthews.

Homeowner Al Matthews says their smoke detector was not hooked up when the fire started.

Karolyn Davis, reporting

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