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Family needs help after losing everything in house fire

An East Texas family is forced to flee their burning home. The home was so damaged, they are now staying with friends. The fire happened in the 3000 block of Dudley Road in Kilgore. KLTV 7's Danielle Capper has the story of the Ramirez family and their plea for help.

Felicia Ramirez choked back tears as she remembered her narrow escape from her burning home.

"Boiling out of the bedroom into the kitchen, I grabbed my godbaby that is 3 years old and yanked her up and threw her out," said Felicia. "I was hollering help me. My house is on fire. i'm trying to get my phone to dial 911."

Within minutes the Kilgore Fire Department arrived, controlling the blaze in less than two hours.

"The house was gone," said Felicia.

Fire Marshals say the fire started in the bedroom. All that survived from that room were Bibles in a cedar chest, a chest that is now just ash.

"A Bible that didn't burn in the cedar chest," said Felicia.

And tucked inside those Bibles, old family pictures.

"This is my great grandfather.

The pictures were just given to Felicia when her grandmother passed away a few months ago.

"This is all my memories of things my kids has made me," said Felicia.

With the clothes on their back, Felicia, her husband, and four children are now staying with friends. They've been given minor things from the Red Cross, but still need help.

A benefit fund has been set up for the Ramirez family at Citizen's Bank in Kilgore. You can call the bank if you would like to help.

Danielle Capper, reporting.

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