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East Texas Family Loses Home To House Fire

They worked all their lives just to have a home of their own. But now, a fire has left an East Texas family homeless. 

The fire happened at a home in Easton on Simon lane, which is also CR 2211, Thursday afternoon. 

"It seems like it was just unreal. A neighbor came and told me my house was on fire and I came and looked at it. It was almost gone," said home owner Gilbert Brown.

Brown and his wife Mary had lived in their home for over ten years. The crumbling site of their home is something Gilbert and Mary never expected. 

"I almost went to my knees. I almost went to my knees. The house had a lot of memories, our wedding pictures and things like that," said Mary Brown. 

"We couldn't save nothing in the house. It was too late. Everything we owned was in there. Our clothes, my gun, tools, everything. My jewelry, her jewelry, she had a little money, I had a little money. All that's burnt up," Gilbert said.

Gilbert was at a neighbor's home when the fire broke out, and Mary was at work. The couple is raising their 9-year-old granddaughter Ashley. The had just bought her a brand new bike and clothes for Christmas. But all that's left of her presents are ashes. 

"My grand baby is one of the most precious things to me. I just mostly looked forward to seeing and taking care of her," said Mary.

Although the fire took everything the Brown's had, they say they're thankful they still have each other. 

"I just thank God that it didn't happen while we were in the bed asleep, because we all could have lost our lives. I just thank God for taking care of us. As long as we got our health, it's some things we can do. We got insurance to help us so, we got a start," said Gilbert. 

A start that hopefully will give them a new home to make new memories in. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Meanwhile, the Brown's church is taking up donations for the family. You can contact the Union Grove First Baptist Church at (903) 643-7364.

LaKecia Shockley,Reporting. lshockley@kltv.com 

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