POSTED: Friday, August 9, 2013 - 7:59am
UPDATED: Friday, August 9, 2013 - 9:09am
Lufkin, Texas (KETK) — A Lufkin family is now safe thanks to an alert 5-year-old girl. Authorities say their lives would be in doubt if not for her waking up in the beginning stages of a blaze that burned down their house.
At 9:49 a.m. on Thursday, firefighters were dispatched to a home on the 1400 block of Sayers Street in Lufkin. When they arrived on scene, a house was engulfed in flames.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames in about 15 minutes, but not before the home was destroyed. The scene was cleared shortly after at 10:10 a.m.
No injuries were reported, thanks to the heroics of a little girl. According to Fire Marshal Steve McCool, the 5-year-old child woke her mother up after the smoke alarms did not sound. Four people were able to escape the blaze unharmed.
At this time, authorities believe the house accidentally caught fire and no foul play was involved. The origin is believed to be one of the bedrooms. An official cause has not been released.
Red Cross members responded to the scene and assisted the family, which at least three are now displaced.
The fire was so intense, a neighboring home and a car parked in front of the house were damaged. No items from the destroyed home were salvageable.
East Texans should be reminded how important it is to make sure their smoke alarms are in working order.
"Smoke alarms save lives, that's for sure," said Fire Marshall McCool.
To learn more about smoke alarms, visit FEMA's smoke alarm section on their website .