LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - One person and three pets are dead after a Wednesday house fire. It happened about 9:45 a.m. in the 1400 block of Aars Drive in Longview. KLTV talked with the Longview fire marshal, and the neighbor who spotted the fire and called 911.
Mike Maddox says he was heading to his house two doors down from the fire.
“And I saw a little fire coming out this end of the house. I started hollering to let the people know the people in other words so I couldn’t hear anybody so I called 911,” Maddox said.
From there he went to the house closest to the fire.
“I knocked on his door because, the fire, I didn’t want it to transfer to his house,” Maddox said.
Maddox said the fire was causing other problems.
“Transformer was going off and there was a lot of noise going on; stuff popping in their house and stuff like that,” Maddox said.
Firefighters arrived to find fire in a front room of the house, according to Longview Fire Marshal Kevin May .
“There was fire coming out of the room on the northeast corner of the house. It was heavily involved with fire. We were able to get up on top of the roof and cut a vent hole to allow some of the super-heated gasses and smoke to clear out of the residence,” May said.
May says at the same time that is happening firefighters begin looking for people or pets that might be inside.
“We have three dogs that perished during the fire, and then we have one adult victim,” May said.
Two others lived in the home but weren’t there at the time. They were notified of what had happened and Maddox approached one of them when she arrived and asked her:
“How you doing? And she said, my babies. And so she went in the house, and we were all thinking the same thing: the puppies,” Maddox said.
The victim’s body has been sent in for an autopsy. The cause of the fire is under investigation by LFD, the Gregg County Fire Marshal and an ATF agent.