WOOD COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A Thanksgiving Day fire claimed the lives of two East Texans.
It happened in the 1100 block of county road 3859 northwest of Hawkins. According to Wood County Fire Marshal Tully Davidson a family of six was at home at the time of the fire.
Four children escaped the burning home but their parents didn’t make it out. The parents were sent to Tyler for an autopsy.
The fire marshal says the fire looks to be accidental but the cause is still under investigation.
Family and friends say Courtney Cline and her longtime partner Ben Mendez shared four beautiful children.
The oldest, Dallas, is now considered a hero, after family members say he woke up to heavy smoke, and immediately tore through his bathroom wall to get to his three little sisters, saving them from a devastating fire.
The home is still bound by crime scene tape and evidence markers.