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Sweetwater man picks up pieces after fire destroys his home

A Sweetwater house was destroyed in a fire Saturday and now the owner is picking up what's left.

A Sweetwater house was destroyed in a fire Saturday and now the owner is picking up what's left.

"[The house] doesn't look anything like it did, you know that,” owner Steven McQueen said, laughing. “You got to laugh or you just cry, you know, what can you say.”

McQueen has owned the home on Pecan Street for 45 years. He said his parents bought the house when he was 5-years-old and all his childhood memories were made there. McQueen is at a loss for words when it comes to how he’s feeling about it all.

"Heartbroken," McQueen said.

At the time of the fire, McQueen said family friends were in the house. One of them went to smoke on the porch shortly after the fire started.

"So they put the fire out. I believe the wind blew the fire back on the couch. They went in and laid back down and you know, you can see the rest," McQueen said. "I'm just thankful that everybody got out alive."

Now that the fire's out, there's a lot of cleaning up to do. Steven’s cousin, Billy McQueen, was staying at the house temporarily and spent the day helping load trailers with debris.

"The only thing we can do is try to keep going and move on," Billy McQueen said.

At the end of the day, Steven McQueen said it's just wood and it can be replaced.

"Accidents happen, things happen. I don't blame anybody. It's just a horrible thing. You know, I don't wish this on anybody,” Steven McQueen said.

Once they get the lot cleared, Steven McQueen eventually wants to have another house built there.

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