East Texas Family Loses Home In Fire

An East Texas family is without a home tonight.  Now they are left wondering what happened.   Fire completely destroyed the house located on County Road 4310 in Van Zandt County. It happened just before 10:00 p.m. Friday.

"Right here was the front door," recalled homeowner Mitch Easley. "When you went in the front door over here was our living room."

Mitch Easley lived in his home 15 years.  Today, he's left with a pile of rubble and a chimney that is barely standing.

"Anything's that left here would have to go to the scrap yard as far as metal you know because there is nothing here worth salvaging," said Easley.

Easley lives with his wife, two daughters and two step-daughters. Fortunately, no one was at home when the fire started. Easley was at a friends, and when he got home Friday night he says he saw smoke.

"I grabbed a shirt out of the laundry room, turned the knob, opened the door and when I opened the door back towards me, it just whoosh," said Easley. "It just rolled out and I knew I was in trouble."

By the time the fire department arrived it was too late.  "It was the first one I've watched burn," said Easley. "I just really couldn't believe it.  I just got down on my hands and knees and I was crying."

The exact cause of the fire is still unknown, but whatever happened, Easley says he's not going to let it stop him and his family from moving forward.

The family says the Fire Marshall will be out in the next couple of days to continue investigating the cause of the fire. Easley says his family does have a place to stay and has gotten help from the American Red Cross.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com