UPDATE: Antique bible returned to woman after mobile home fire
POSTED: Friday, November 29, 2013 - 11:32am
UPDATED: Friday, November 29, 2013 - 4:38pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — A woman's treasured antique family heirloom Bible has been returned to her, following a fire that destroyed her mobile home on Friday morning.
It happened on the 18000 block of Smith County Road 4116, near Highway 69 in the Lindale area, and multiple fire departments responded to help put out the blaze.
Luckily, authorities with the Smith County Fire Marshal's office told KETK crews on scene that nobody was at home when the fire broke out.
The exterior of the house is intact, but the interior was demolished - along with it, many of the owner's possessions. The item she was most concerned about was an antique Bible she had in the home, which she feared that it had been destroyed in the fire.
However, after searching the charred home, the firefighters managed to find the Bible and return it to the woman. It surprisingly had only minor damage.
"It really is amazing, some of the stuff that comes out [of fires]," says Kelly Hayes with the Lindale Fire Department. "Sometimes you get Bibles that never have been touched, a photo book, a family album... it really can be perfectly clean like nothing's ever touched it. It's a weird phenomenon that happens from time to time. "
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.