A massive fire engulfed an apartment complex around 6:45 a.m., and quickly became the location for a harrowing rescue as firefighters faced the flames to save lives.

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In the quiet hours of Wednesday morning, a heart-stopping drama unfolded at a the Del Sol Apartments in Texas City.

CHILDREN DESPERATELY WAIT TO BE RESCUED OFF THE BALCONY

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Three children, found by fire crews, were standing on a balcony desperately waiting to be rescued. In a race against time, firefighters employed a ladder, a bridge to hope, ensuring the children's safe descent into waiting arms. Miraculously, they emerged unscathed, thanks to the swift action of the Texas City Fire Department under Chief Micah Simons' leadership.

DEVASTATING LOSS OF A FAMILY PET

Debbie Scales united with her grandchildren in a moment of relief shadowed by loss. Her words paint a poignant picture of what was saved and what was sacrificed: the dreams of a family working towards a future now engulfed in smoke and their beloved pet lost to the flames.

COMMUNITY BANDS TOGETHER TO HELP FAMILIES

While the physical wounds may be absent, the emotional scars linger. The family escaped the flames however, they are now mourning the devastating loss of their beloved family pet. After losing material things in the fire, their community support shines through, with local organizations stepping forward to provide not just necessities but comfort in the form of dolls and footwear, a small beacon of hope in the face of tragedy.

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