Morning Blaze Leaves West Lubbock County Family Homeless - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/24/05

Morning Blaze Leaves West Lubbock County Family Homeless

Fire Investigators still don't know what caused a house on County Road 1460 to go up in flames. But one family knows that a simple chore can save your life. LeAnne Jackson has her lucky stars to thank she has goats to take care of. "If it weren't for these goats I wouldn't have been up and out of the house when I was," said LeAnne.

She says she got up to feed her goats like she always does in the morning, when she smelled the smoke and rushed to wake up her husband. "We were in the basement. It was the only way out. The stairs and the hallway were covered with white smoke and I thought it's just smoke. It's not hot, we just need to walk 12 feet through to get out and that's what we did," she recalls.

LeAnne's husband is an amputee but that didn't keep him from getting out alive. They were able to grab the keys to their car, their cell phone and their brand new puppy.

West Carlisle and Shallowater Volunteer Fire departments worked for two hours this morning to put this fire out. No one was seriously injured.

But now, these families are homeless and they're going to need a lot of help. You can call the Red Cross to find out exactly what they will need by dialing (806) 765-8534.

Lubbock Red Cross
Learn more about the South Plains Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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