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Woman shares emotional story about LaPaz house fire


A woman whose house went up in flames is sharing her emotional story. 

Mary Jo Kaser says she's hardly slept since Tuesday's fire.  Her 90-year-old mother just barely made it out, thanks to a heroic effort.

"I left for work," she says. "I got a call 10-15 minutes later - my daughter hysterical, 'Mom, you've got to come home now. The house is on fire'"  That's the phone call Mary Jo Kaser received Tuesday that changed everything.

She turned around and went back home to see. "The house had flames shooting everywhere out of it,"  Kaser said. "My mother, bless her heart, she's sitting in the yard looking around. My husband was on the ground, so I went to my husband. He was very upset. He said, 'We lost everything.'  I said I do not care. "

What Mary Jo cares about is that her family is alive, especially her 90-year-old mother, who has Alzheimer's and had to be carried out of the house.  "My husband pulled my mother out," she says. "He risked his life to save her, so he'll forever be our hero. I don't think I could have stood the fact if my mother would have burned alive in a fire."

Luckily, her mother's okay.  Kaser's husband is still in the hospital recovering from smoke inhalation.

It'll be a long road ahead. Mary Jo says she's a home nurse who is used to taking care of strangers, but now, her main job is making sure her own family recovers from this devastating fire.  "As a nurse, you sit down when your job's done," she says. "My job's not done yet."

Mary Jo says she doesn't care about losing the house and everything in it.  The worst part of this for her and her family is the fact that they lost their pets, five cats and one dog.

Insurance is helping the family out.  Mary Jo says it's paying for a hotel right now, and their family and friends are helping too by giving clothes.

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