Woman loses cats, house sister left to her in blaze

Published on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 23:49 - Written by KENNETH DEAN kdean@tylerpaper.com

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Luevinia Cooper stood shaking as she watched Tyler firefighters battle a blaze at her residence Tuesday.

The 63-year-old said she was walking through a room when she heard a loud pop in the wall and then saw fire and smoke. 

“It scared me and I ran outside. I was so nervous,” she said.

Ms. Cooper said a neighbor ran to her side and asked if she was OK. 

“I just told her to call some fire trucks because I couldn’t,” she said.

She explained her hands were shaking so badly she was unable to dial the number.

“I don’t know what I’ll do. I moved up here into this house, which was my sister’s, but she passed away, and I have been here since. I don’t have any family here since she died,” she said.

Tyler Fire Marshal Paul Findley said the fire began near a light fixture but added that the lone occupant escaped without injuries and no firefighters were injured during the incident. 

However, Ms. Cooper said she lost two cats in the blaze. 

“Yeah they were in there,” she said, looking down at the ground.