WINDOM, TX -- A Windom family is picking up the pieces after an early morning fire demolished their home. Kristen Shanahan spoke with the family today who says they owe their lives to their dog.
Home owner David Oliver says around 2 a.m. it was his dog's bark that woke him to warn him and his fiance of the danger lurking on the other side of the house. He says when he got up to see what was wrong that is when sheer panic took hold.
David Oliver says after hearing Sissy's bark he knew something was wrong. That is when he heard the flames popping and rushed to the other end of his home.
"I can't describe the feeling I had when I saw those flames," Oliver said.
He says he tried to battle the blaze himself, but it was no use.
"I had a pan there on the counter and I filled up a couple pans of water and threw it on it and it was very evident that that wasn't going to do any good. So I ran back through the house hollering at Wonda that we had a fire and that we had to get out," Oliver said.
Oliver says he, his fiance, and Sissy made it out just in time. He says next they stood outside watching the flames take over in disbelief as they waited for firefighters to salvage what was left.
"Never thought it would happen to me. Wouldn't wish this to happen to any one else," Oliver said.
Oliver says the home he built back in 1985 off of Highway 56 is gone and even though it pains them that they have lost almost everything inside he says having each other is all they really need.
"Anything can be replaced pretty much except us we couldn't and we're grateful that we got out," Oliver said.
They know if it were not for their best friend. Things could have been much worse.
"She's been the queen of the household for a long time and now she's doubly the queen of the household. She's our little hero," Wanda Holmes, Oliver's fiance, said.
Oliver says firefighters from Ector, Honey Grove, Dodd City, and Bonham all came out to fight the blaze. He says they still do not know what started the fire, that crews are still investigating.