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Man dies in Van Zandt County house fire

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Published: May. 17, 2022 at 3:30 PM CDT|Updated: May. 17, 2022 at 10:21 PM CDT
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VAN ZANDT COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A man died in a house fire in Van Zandt County Monday.

According to the Van Zandt County Fire Marshal’s Office, the fire happened on Hickory Hills Drive around 2 a.m. Monday. The man who died was in his 70s.

The fire marshal’s office said the cause is still under investigation.

The deceased’s neighbor, Patrick Webb, and his wife woke up to the fire spreading towards their home, burning their patio and destroying their storage shed.

“It was terrifying to say the least When we woke up we looked out the window, all we saw was the wall of fire in our backyard we felt very fortunate to have been woke up, but at the same time the fear of it spreading to our house ... to our vehicle,” said Webb.

Fire occurred in Hickory Hills
Fire occurred in Hickory Hills(Sariah Bonds)

Another neighbor who lived next to the man who died in the fire is currently in Arizona. His motor home and possessions were destroyed as the fire spread.

“Van Zandt South, Edom, and Ben Wheeler fire departments responded to this fire. They fought it quite a while. They did a very good job and we are very appreciative of their help,” said Webb

Webb tells us that the man who died in the fire was a private man who stayed to himself.

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