POSTED: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 8:43pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:01am
SMITH COUNTY - Firefighters tell us, they couldn't do much to put the fire out at first.
That's because of live ammo going off in the Page's house.
Live ammunition was heard going off for about 30 minutes from the scene of Wednesday's deadly fire in Smith County.
Fire officials tell us, they had to fight the flames with extra caution.
And sadly, they had to stay away from the Page's bedroom— where the ammo was exploding.
It's the same place two family members were found dead.
Captain Matt York says, "When you have a loaded gun and it goes off- it's very dangerous."
But they say, it's not uncommon.
Fire officials tell us, it is very common to have ammunition inside a home.
And Mac Woods.. owner of "The Shootist" in Tyler tells us, it's important to put it in a safe place.
Like— a gun safe.
Woods says, "Even if the safe isn't fire retardant, just the safe itself can probably create a significant fire break."
Experts suggest buying a gun safe with fire lining.
It will protect the ammo from going off.
And protect something tragic, like Wednesday's fire, from happening to you and your family.
Smith County Fire Marshal Jim Seaton tells us, at this point, they do not know how much ammunition was inside the Page's home.