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Diboll firefighters blame hot water heater for home blaze

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - On one of the coldest nights in years, a family of four is without their home. Diboll firefighters believe a hot water heater started the fire that engulfed the family's home. 

At 1:45 p.m. firefighters began battling the house fire on the south end of town. As of 2:45 p.m., most of the roof had collapsed as the high wind hampered firefighters' efforts. Firefighters battled the blaze for three hours.

"I was scared really because I thought somebody was in there and the only thing I was thinking about was praying to God that nobody was in there," said Jacorie Mitchell, eye witness.

One of the residents of the house, Melva Cauley, said her family of four was not home when the fire started.

The house is located on the 1000 block of Oak Hollow Place.

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