KELLER -- A 51-year-old woman disabled by multiple sclerosis was found dead Monday afternoon inside her smoke-filled home, the woman's husband and the city's fire chief said.
Bill Hundt said he found his wife, Kelli Hundt, on the floor of their house in the 600 block of Cedarwood Drive when he arrived home shortly after 4 p.m.
"She called me at 2 p.m. Sometime between then and 4 something happened," he said.
She was lying on the floor between the kitchen and a living area, he said.
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Keller Fire Chief Dan Gaumont said the house was not a total loss but suffered significant heat and smoke damage.
"When the first unit arrived, smoke was coming out of the front door," Gaumont said. "We found a female victim inside -- she was deceased."
Both the cause of the fire and the cause of Kelli Hundt's death were still being investigated Monday night, he said.
Keller hasn't had a house fire fatality since sometime in the 1960s, Gaumont said.
Firefighters from Colleyville and Southlake and firefighter medics from North Richland Hills assisted Keller, Gaumont said.
Hundt said his wife's multiple sclerosis was diagnosed about 15 years ago, shortly after they married. She was in hospice care and was using an oxygen tank.
"Her body was in a weakened state with the illness," he said. "She just wasn't able to react quickly enough to get out of harm's way."
She was trying to hold on so she could see her son, Kamron Wilson, 22, graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he is a junior marketing major, he said.
"She was super proud of him," Hundt said. "With her being in hospice, we knew this day was coming, but certainly not like this."
Susan McFarland, 817-390-7684