Fire destroys Denison family's home

DENISON, Tex. (KXII) -- A family is homeless after a fire destroyed their house Wednesday night and claimed the life of their dog.

About five fire crews worked to put it out.

"I don't know. Guess I'm going to have to find a place to live pretty quick," said Chris Mitchell, who lived there.

Mitchell was about to get off work when he got a text from his landlord.

"And said, the house is on fire. And I thought he was just messing with me, but then he said, no it's burning down," Mitchell said.

His fiancé, two sons, one of their girlfriends, and his 4-month-old granddaughter live there. Luckily, no one was home when the fire started.

"I was worried about them, but everybody was out safe," Mitchell said.

Except for one of their pets.

"Nobody knew about the little chihuahua that was inside, and smoke inhalation took her," he said.

Stephen Huddleston lives across the street.

He said he heard a small explosion when he was in his own living room.

"I walked out and looked and saw the house was on fire, so I called 911," Huddleston said.

He helped a few other neighbors rescue the other dog from the backyard.

"Save the dog, I don't know. That's what you do," Huddleston said.

Huddleston saw flames coming from the back of the house, where firemen say the fire started.

Denison Firemen contained the fire in about 10 minutes, but said the house is a total loss.

Mitchell doesn't know what they're going to do.

"Sometimes things happen for a reason, maybe a blessing will come out of this. Maybe, I don't know," Mitchell said.

He's just glad everyone is okay.

"I had a home yesterday. I had a home this morning, I had a home two hours ago and now I don't. So just be thankful for what you have," Mitchell said.

The family said they'll probably stay in a hotel for the night. But after that, they're not sure where they'll go.

Firemen said how the fire started is still under investigation.

You can find a Go Fund Me page created for the family under Related Links.