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7 people escape burning home in Longview

Published: Dec. 3, 2021 at 6:14 AM CST
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - Seven people escaped a burning home without injury in Longview early Friday.

According to Longview Fire Marshal Kevin May, crews were called to a structure fire just after 2 a.m. in the 1000 block of Glencrest Lane. They arrived to find an active fire at the structure.

May said the home had no working smoke detectors and a passerby alerted the residents to the fire. He also said a strange episode occurred while crews were fighting the fire which led to the structure shifting and exterior bricks being blown off the home.

“As they got involved into it, there was an episode that happened that caused the house to somewhat move and a lot of the exterior brick blew off the outside of the house,” May said. “Right now, we are looking at some type of possibly a smoke explosion of some sort that was able to get in between the actual house and the brick itself. Like I said its going to take us a little while, but we are going to try and if we can’t figure out what might have caused that.”

Crews are responding to a Friday morning fire northwest of downtown Longview.
Crews are responding to a Friday morning fire northwest of downtown Longview.(KLTV staff)

May said one firefighter suffered minor burns and was treated at the scene. He said believe the fire may have started in the garage of the home, but the cause is undetermined at this point and still under investigation.

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