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Fire leaves Shreveport woman homeless but not hopeless

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Spates: "God was faithful to get me out because two more minutes and I wouldn't have been here." Spates: "God was faithful to get me out because two more minutes and I wouldn't have been here."
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

From the message on her van to the large sign in her front yard to the charred books in her home, it's apparent that Ann Spates has a high regard for God. Now Spates says she'll have to rely on her faith to see her through a devastating catastrophe.

Spates is now homeless after escaping flames that destroyed her home of 40 years Tuesday morning in the Queensborough neighborhood. She lost every material thing.

"Even my Bibles. I had a whole library of them. They gone."

The fire started about 1 a.m. Spates says she awakened realizing that something wasn't right.

"I heard the crackling sounds, and then the smoke became overwhelming."

Spates says she tried to fight the flames herself at first but the blaze spread too quickly. So she fled -- without belongings and without, more important, injury.

"It's almost unbelievable. It really is. God was faithful to get me out because two more minutes and I wouldn't have been here."

Firefighters say the home was engulfed in flames when they arrived to the 2700 block of Lakeshore Drive. They were able to get the fire under control in about 15 minutes. Investigators are still working to determine how the fire started.

The Red Cross has been helping Ann get back on her feet. They put her up in a hotel on Tuesday. After then, she will need another place to stay.

Out of everything that has gone wrong the only thing that brings tears to Ann's eyes is not the bad, but rather the good.

Spates' friends and family have rallied around her. KSLA has received called from strangers who want to help.

"The love that I'm being shown is just almost unreal," said Spates.

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