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Smith Co. home destroyed in early morning fire


The Smith County Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause of an early morning house fire just west of Tyler.

It started at a home in the 12,000 block of Pioneer Drive around 3:15 am.

The Dixie and Flint-Gresham Fire Departments responded to the fire.

When they arrived, the home was already 50 percent involved, with flames visible through the roof. They say there wasn't much they could do to save it once they arrived.

Assistant Chief at Dixie Fire Department, Matt York said, "We arrived on scene, flames were already visible, already ventilated through the roof, on its own broke through the roof.
You show up and it's already halfway done, it's just -- that's how in the morning, everybody's asleep, nobody really realizes. I guess one of the neighbors saw it. By then, it had pushed on through the roof, flames were visible."

Chief York also said that no other structures around the home were harmed this morning; that the fire was pretty well self-contained to the home, but they haven't been able to determine yet what caused it.

It isn't believed anyone was inside the home at the time of the fire, but the house is a total loss.

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