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Firestorm Across Texoma - The Day After

Many across Texoma are picking up the pieces after the massive fires. Despite the destruction, thankfulness is on the minds of most that spoke with Newschannel 6.

As flames tore through Cameron Gardens and across FM171, Robert Green stood watching. When the smoke cleared he had much to be thankful for. All of the homes he owns and many of his prized collector cars were spared from the flames. "I was so happy and so surprised to see how much they did save for us," said Green

One of the families that rents a house from him along FM171 was so grateful for being spared from the flames, they put a sign up that read "Thank You Firemen, God Bless You" on their fence.  "When I read that sign I repeated it to myself and I was very thankful," said Green.

A few miles away on Lucky Lane, Mark and Ellen Masman were not as fortunate. Their home was destroyed by flames. Still, they are thankful. Friends and neighbors rushed to support them. "In times like this its great to have the friends. I've already had numerous texts and phone calls on people coming over," said Mark.

Ellen was at Chiropractic school in Dallas when she got the call. By the time she got home, her school friends were already working to ease her burden. I've had many calls from everybody and they are already doing fund raisers… Its just amazing, I don't think its hit me yet," she said of the support. 

The Masmans are fully covered by insurance, and plan to rebuild. They are seeking help to find their beloved family pet, Shelby. She is described as a Black Lab / Pointer mix. She is black with a gray face and a white spot on her chest. She was last seen during the fire near Missile Rd and I-44. If you see Shelby, the Masmans ask you to call Animal Control.

Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6

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