Devastating House Fire Leaves Woman Counting Blessings

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NORMANGEE - "The Lord was looking out for me."

Calm words from Delois Watson as she stands in front of what's left of her home.

Fire destroyed the century-old home in Normangee Watson lived in since 2010. It was the last home her now-deceased husband knew.

"I mean, I can get a new chair, I can get a new bed, but there are lots of things I can't replace."

Watson came home from work around nine last night to discover a small plume of smoke coming out of the house.

She and her neighbors armed with water hoses did what they could - to no avail.

Six fire trucks were called out but firefighters couldn't save it in time. Watson says despite all this, she's counting her blessings.

"Life goes on. I keep saying, I keep telling myself."

An encouraging sign when some boards fell at the front of the house, forming a cross.

Still, there are unanswered questions.

"Where do I go from here? What do I do?"

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but we're told problems with the electric wiring could be to blame.

If you'd like to help Delois get back on her feet, friends set up an account in her name at Normangee State Bank. Donations can be made there starting Wednesday morning.

A cross could be seen among the destruction, providing hope in a dark situation. Photo Credit: Audra Watson of Normangee

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