Quantcast

Kilgore family tried to save brother killed in fire - Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

Kilgore family tried to save brother killed in fire

KILGORE, TX (KLTV) -

The Kilgore Fire Marshall has not determined what caused a fatal house fire in Kilgore on Thursday.

Just before 7 a.m., the fire department was called to a house in the 700 block of Spell Street. It's there family members say 31-year-old Calvin Sickler was killed when he couldn't escape the fire.

Riggins says he tried to save his brother's life himself.

"I kicked the front door in and almost ran in, but the fire blew me back," he explains.

When that didn't work, Riggins says he tried a window.

"I tried to get him out of the house. I still have a piece of flesh on my hands where I tried to get him out of the window. I couldn't get him out," says Riggins.

Around 6:30 a.m. kids inside the home started yelling that the house was on fire. Five kids and three adults were able to make it out before the fire department arrived.

Riggins claims it took fire crews 20 minutes to get to the scene. The fire department says they were there in three minutes.

"The call came in at 6:45 and our first unit was on scene at 6:48. How much time transpired prior to them calling 911... I can't tell you," says Michael Simmon, the Kilgore Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief.

Fire officials say the fire started in the front room, was intense and moved fast. It quickly claimed everything the Kilgore family had.

"What do I have left? I don't have anything left to lose. I lost my brother. I lost my house," says Riggins.

The family has lived in the home for 10 years. The victim, Calvin, was trapped in a front bedroom.

Copyright 2013 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • NEWS LocalNEWSMore>>

  • Emergency crews extinguish structure fire in Ladson

    Emergency crews extinguish structure fire in Ladson

    Friday, February 23 2018 10:59 PM EST2018-02-24 03:59:09 GMT
    Emergency crews extinguish structure fire in Ladson. (Source: Live 5 News)Emergency crews extinguish structure fire in Ladson. (Source: Live 5 News)
    Emergency crews extinguish structure fire in Ladson. (Source: Live 5 News)Emergency crews extinguish structure fire in Ladson. (Source: Live 5 News)

    Emergency officials say crews are working a structure fire in Ladson Friday night.  According to authorities, it's in the area of the 900 block of Royle Road.  Copyright 2018 WCSC. All rights reserved. 

    More >>

    Emergency officials say crews are working a structure fire in Ladson Friday night.  According to authorities, it's in the area of the 900 block of Royle Road.  Copyright 2018 WCSC. All rights reserved. 

    More >>
  • Parents can bring kids to work at new office in Summerville

    Parents can bring kids to work at new office in Summerville

    Friday, February 23 2018 10:57 PM EST2018-02-24 03:57:09 GMT
    Parents can bring kids to work at new office in Summerville  (Source: Live 5 News)Parents can bring kids to work at new office in Summerville (Source: Live 5 News)
    Parents can bring kids to work at new office in Summerville  (Source: Live 5 News)Parents can bring kids to work at new office in Summerville (Source: Live 5 News)

    There’s a new place in Summerville where you can bring your kids to work. Work Nest is for people who might work from home, but need a quiet space that’s away from the house. The visionary and owner of Work Nest, Nesha Frazier, says it's the first of kind for the state. The office is located on Trolley Road. She says it's a solution to problems she ran into as a working mom. "Once you become a mom and you ...

    More >>

    There’s a new place in Summerville where you can bring your kids to work. Work Nest is for people who might work from home, but need a quiet space that’s away from the house. The visionary and owner of Work Nest, Nesha Frazier, says it's the first of kind for the state. The off

    More >>
  • Penalties and consequences that come with threatening school

    Penalties and consequences that come with threatening school

    Friday, February 23 2018 10:55 PM EST2018-02-24 03:55:22 GMT
    A man has been charged in connection with an attempted murder. (Source: AP)A man has been charged in connection with an attempted murder. (Source: AP)

    Since the Parkland shooting on February 14 there have been at least nine different cases in the lowcountry of threatening incidents towards schools, or people inside of them. The nine instances range from threats of violence towards the school, suspicious phones calls saying shooters are in place, to social media postings against other students. This does not include the rumors against schools or districts. A Berkeley County School District said there hav...

    More >>

    Since the Parkland shooting on February 14 there have been at least nine different cases in the lowcountry of threatening incidents towards schools, or people inside of them. The nine instances range from threats of violence towards the school, suspicious phones calls saying shooters are in place, to social media postings ag

    More >>
Powered by Frankly