Antique bible returned to East Texas woman after mobile home fire

Antique bible returned to East Texas woman after mobile home fire
Friday, November 29, 2013 - 3:48pm

An east Texas 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 near Lindale, just north of Tyler, TX and multiple fire departments responded to help put out the blaze.

Luckily, authorities with the Smith County Fire Marshal's office told our sister station at KETK 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.

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