Woman Escapes House Fire With Keepsakes and Sense of Humor

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    A Rowlett woman escaped a house fire that destroyed her home, but kept her most important possessions, her Bible, her family photos, and her sense of humor.

    Two homes were damaged in Rowlett Friday morning after a fire on Magnolia Lane.

    Rowlett Battalion Chief Sean Fay said the first calls came in around 5:10 a.m. when a passerby saw flames at a home on the 6400 block of Magnolia Lane.

    Woman Escapes Fire With Bible, Sense of Humor

    [DFW] Woman Escapes Fire With Bible, Sense of Humor
    Carolyn Doughty escaped a fire at her Rowlett home early Friday with only a few photos, her Bible and her sense of humor.

    Firefighters arrived to heavy flames shooting through the roof, Fay said.

    Carolyn Doughty lives inside the home and said knocks on her door woke her up. She went outside and saw her house fully engulfed, she said.

    The fire spread to the home next door, but was contained to a side wall and part of the garage.

    Doughty's roof collapsed on top of a car and motorcycle as well.

    "All I walked out with was these glasses, my shoes, my Bible and my sense of humor," Doughty said. "At least I'm not in the burn unit."

    Doughty's home is a total loss.

    Rowlett fire sent 18 firefighters to fight the blaze. The cause is still unknown, Fay said.