Kilgore family tried to save brother killed in fire - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

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.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • LIST: Roads close, flood shelters open as river continues to rise

    LIST: Roads close, flood shelters open as river continues to rise

    Friday, February 23 2018 5:31 PM EST2018-02-23 22:31:54 GMT
    A car is stuck in floodwaters on Carrel Street near Kellogg Avenue Friday. (FOX19 NOW/Matt Wood)A car is stuck in floodwaters on Carrel Street near Kellogg Avenue Friday. (FOX19 NOW/Matt Wood)

    List of road closures due to flooding.

    Full Story >

    List of road closures due to flooding.

    Full Story >
  • Trump says arm US teachers; they love kids as others don't

    Trump says arm US teachers; they love kids as others don't

    Friday, February 23 2018 10:18 AM EST2018-02-23 15:18:09 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 5:30 PM EST2018-02-23 22:30:09 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump takes a question from reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, to travel to Oxon Hill, Md. to speak at the Conservative Political Ac...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump takes a question from reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, to travel to Oxon Hill, Md. to speak at the Conservative Political Ac...
    President Donald Trump says the armed officer who didn't stop the gunman who carried out last week's Florida massacre was either a "coward" or "didn't react properly under pressure.".Full Story >
    President Donald Trump says the armed officer who didn't stop the gunman who carried out last week's Florida massacre was either a "coward" or "didn't react properly under pressure.".Full Story >
  • After school shooting, Florida leaders propose new gun laws

    After school shooting, Florida leaders propose new gun laws

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:34 PM EST2018-02-23 04:34:46 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 5:29 PM EST2018-02-23 22:29:46 GMT
    (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...(Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect,...

    Full Story >

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect, other issues.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly