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11/8/7-Longview

Longview Couple Regroups After Fire

For homeowner Lupe Negrete, very little of her life's memories remain from the charred structure that used to be her home in the 400 block of Larry Drive in Longview.  Only a few pictures remain that the fire didn't claim.

"I raised my kids and I raised my grand kids here" said Negrete.  

The house caught fire around 3 a.m. Sunday. And it was the couple's three Chihuahuas that alerted them to the fire.

They got out with the clothes on their backs. The dogs didn't make it.

"They started barking when they smelled the smoke and seen fire. They ran underneath the bed and we could not get them out," said Lupe.

"I'm very thankful for the little dogs," said Negrete's daughter, Angela Stephens.

The couple buried the dogs in their front yard as a reminder that they might not have survived without them.

"I felt like if I could go back in the house, I could get them. They were like my kids, you know.  You get used to them," Negrete said.

When firefighters arrived, the home was totally engulfed and almost every keepsake was gone.

"It was just a lot of memories ... a lot of memories. I feel fortunate that my husband made it out, that I didn't have to bury him along with my little puppies" Negrete said.

Fire investigators believe the blaze may have been caused by old wiring in the home. The couple did not have insurance. Donations to help them can be made at any East Texas Professional Credit Union under the name of "Stephens Family Fire Fund".

Bob Hallmark bhallmark@kltv.com

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