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One Dead In Longview Trailer Fire

It was a horrible scene early Saturday morning at a Gregg County home, as a man is killed in a mobile home fire.  Fire investigators say it happened around 4:30 Saturday morning at a home on Del Roy street, just south of Longview.

"It was just like you turned the lights on in there it was so bright, and then I looked out and saw the fire," said area neighbor Mavis Parker.  James Jewitt, 47 was staying at a friend's trailer.  A Hurricane Rita evacuee who settled his family in Longview, Jewitt never got out of the trailer.  His wife and daughter heard only hours later.

"I was shaking," said Jewitt's wife Sara Brindle.  "I was upset.  It's like it hasn't really hit me yet, and I don't want to think until the autopsy that it's him.  I want to think it's someone else."  Firefighters arrived quickly and did the best they could to put out the fire, but it was too late. The home was gone within minutes, leaving a wife and little girl wondering what happened.

"It's devastating, and she doesn't know what's going on, and we're going to comfort her," said a family friend.  Brindle says they had a strained marriage, saying her husband had a drug and alcohol problem, but they were trying to work it out.

"I wanted to keep the family together," said Brindle.  "I loved him.  We had our hard times and we wanted to split, but I kept telling him you need to get help.  We've had our hard times, but he didn't deserve this.  He didn't deserve this."  The loss leaves a mother Saturday trying to give her daughter answers.

Jewitt's body has been sent for autopsy.  Investigators say the cause of the fire is still unknown, but they believe it was accidental.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.


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