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Hooks, Texas family remembers woman who died in house fire


 A Hooks, Texas family is struggling to figure out how to move on after a weekend fire killed wife and mother, Bonnie Springer.

"All my nephew could say was my mom won't be here for my prom, my mom won't be here when I graduate," said Sherri Simpson, who says her brother Robert Springer is devastated after a weekend fire killed his wife Bonnie.

At first both Robert and Bonnie had gotten out safely with their teenagers,  but Bonnie went back in, Sherri thinks, for their dog. She never made it back out, "The fire consumed the home faster than she expected and he couldn't get her out," she said.

Robert, Bonnie's husband of nearly 33 years, was determined to save her, even getting burned while trying. "They had to physically pull him out of the window because they knew that there was no way that anyone could save her," said Simpson.

Bonnie and Robert had six kids together and 10 grand children. Simpson says Bonnie was the love of Robert's life. "They wanted to cut his wedding ring off so they could fix his finger and they refused to let them cut the ring," Simpson said.

Family members sifted through their belongings, looking for anything to save, "My husband and I just cannot believe the absolute devastation they are left with, absolutely nothing," said Simpson.

This isn't the first time Robert has dealt with a house fire. His childhood home burnt down, so did his family home five years ago, both in Texarkana, Texas. "This is the third time he's had to recover from a fire, but this time he has to recover without his wife," she said.

The state fire marshall's office is still investigating the cause of the fire.

A fund has been set up at wells fargo in Texarkana, Texas, for donations to help the springer family. Those interested in donating can give to the Robert Springer fund at the bank.

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