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Lawton woman loses home in fire Tuesday night

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LAWTON,OK (KSWO) - A Lawton woman is asking for help after losing everything in a fire that destroyed her home.

The fire started just before 9:30 Tuesday night near Southwest 20th and D Avenue. The Lawton Fire Department had the flames out within an hour, but it was already too late.

The home is a total loss.

"I don't have nothing left,” homeowner Lela LaHaie said, “I lost my house and everything. I don't know what I'm going to do"

Lela has lived in Lawton for more than 40 years, last night she said she was at her home, asleep with her three cats when the fire broke out.

"That's what woke me up. one jumped on me,"
La Hale said

LaHaie said she immediately noticed a chair in her house was on fire.

"I jumped up, tried to put it out, but I couldn't,” La Hale said, “it was too far gone. That's when I ran out the front door over to my neighbors, knocking on my door trying to get help."

LaHaie had made it out, but she couldn't find her three cats anywhere.

"I went back in to see if all my pets were out."

LaHaie herself then struggled to get back out of the house, only making it out safely with the help of her neighbor.

"If it hadn't been for Brent going through the back door to grab me, I wouldn't be here. Because he pulled me out," La Hale said.

Some good news for LaHaie, she knows two of her cats made it out but doesn't know about the third one. She said she doesn't know what to do now but thinks she can turn to her family.

"It helps a lot,” LaHaie said, “If you don't, you don't have no place to go, you don't know where to go, where to ask for help."

And while it can be daunting to think about what lies ahead she knows what her next step will be.

"Start over. It's all I can do. Start from scratch. I've done it before, I'll do it again."

LaHaie said there is only one thing to be thankful for from the unthinkable tragedy.

"You just thank God you got out alive."

If you would like to help LaHaie out, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help her.

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