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5 pets die, couple escapes in Lufkin house fire

A fire destroyed this home at the intersection of Magnolia Ave. & Cain St. A fire destroyed this home at the intersection of Magnolia Ave. & Cain St.
Lisa Norman said after smelling smoke, she approached the kitchen and pulled back the curtain and fire went "Whoosh!" Lisa Norman said after smelling smoke, she approached the kitchen and pulled back the curtain and fire went "Whoosh!"
Mitch Norman said they had not cooked that day. Mitch Norman said they had not cooked that day.

A Sunday evening fire in Lufkin has left a couple homeless and also mourning the loss of five pets.

The house is located at the intersection of Magnolia Ave. and Cain St., just north of downtown Lufkin.

Lisa and Mitch Norman said they were in their bedroom watching a movie when they smelled smoke.

"My husband said, 'Do  you smell smoke?' I told him no at first.  Then, I got to smelling [it]," Lisa Norman said while standing on Cain St. watching firefighters continue to battle the blaze on her house.  "I went toward the kitchen and pulled the curtain back.  It was up in flames and it just went, whoosh!'"
 

She and her husband ran out of the house, neither with any shoes on.  But 5 of their 8 pets were not as fortunate.

"It was me and my husband [in the house at the time of the fire] and five pets," Lisa cried.  "I lost my pets.  They were in the kitchen."

"They were four small dogs and a catch," explained Mitch Norman, after talking with a firefighter.  "Naw. Nothing was cooking.  We had ate earlier.  Way earlier."
Mitch says he believes the fire started sometime after 7 PM.  That was the last time he said he checked his watch while they were watching movies.

The Norman three other dogs did survive unharmed.  They were taken to a neighbor's home across the street while the emergency crews fought the fire.

The fire marshal will investigate to find out what caused the fire   Red Cross had been dispatched to the scene after 9 PM to assist the Normans.

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