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Firefighter's home destroyed by fire

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DECATUR, Texas -

A firefighter who puts his life on the line to save other people's homes is now looking for a new place to live. Flames destroyed his home in the Decatur area of Wise County.

About two thirds of Michael and Ashly DoByns' home on County Road 1111 had already burned by the time neighbors called 911 at 9 a.m. Wednesday. There was not a lot firefighters could do to save it.

Ashly, who works for the Decatur Police Department, was working in dispatch when the call about her house came in. Mike used to work there as well, but now works for the Grapevine Fire Department.

Decatur Fire Chief Michael Richards said his firefighters quickly realized they were headed to the home of one of their own.

"It always ups their nervousness a little bit. Most of the young guys here, including the captain on the engine today… Mike was their instructor during their fire academy back about seven years ago. So, you know, they all know him real well and he taught them how to do this," he said.

The couple has two young sons. Neither was home at the time and no one was hurt, but the children did lose all of their Christmas gifts.

Several city employees collected donations on Wednesday to help the family. Fellow firefighters have also been helping them sort through the rubble and try to salvage personal items.

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