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Early Morning Fire Kills East Texas Child

A fire in an East Texas home kills a 16 month old girl who was sleeping inside.   The blaze started around 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning at a home on West Pine Street in Tyler. Firefighters say when they arrived 15 minutes later, the home was fully engulfed.  

"I heard Payton knocking on the door," said Maria, neighbor. "He just called for help." That cry for help came from Maria's 11 year old neighbor, who she says kept yelling his house was on fire and his little sister 16 month old Alexandria Noyola was still inside.

"I got my cell and dialed 911," said Maria. "My husband was in there with the blanket trying to reach for the girl, but the flames were too high. There was nothing we could do." The Tyler Fire Department says the girl's mother and brother were at home sleeping when the fire started. When they awoke, they found the girl's room in flames.

"She (mother) tried to enter the room and could not enter because of the flames," said Captain Jeff Akin, Tyler Fire Department. "The 11 year old brother tried to enter, but could not get in." The fire department arrived shortly after, but firefighters say it was too late. Immediately friends and family came out to show support. Teachers and counselors from Jones Elementary, where the brother goes to school, were also there Wednesday morning.

"Our school is a small campus and we show a lot of love on our campus as far as being there for them and knowing them individually, and he (brother) will be given the opportunity to come see me as much as he needs to," said Maria Nelson, Jones Elementary School counselor. For now, Maria asks everyone to keep little Alexandria and her family in their prayers.

Captain Akin says the fire is believed to have started from combustibles too close to a space heater in the girls room. No smoke alarms were found in the home.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com


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