June 3, 2014

Two killed in Fort Worth house fire

Five people escaped a house fire in east Fort Worth that killed two women Tuesday morning, fire officials said.

Genova Ramirez heard screaming coming from Winnie Street on Tuesday morning, but she thought it was just people fighting — until she looked outside and saw flames.

Ramirez said she saw a young man and woman run from a burning house and leave a boy and a baby girl with a neighbor.

“The young man went back to the burning house, got a water hose and tried to put the fire out,” Ramirez said Tuesday from her porch. “I could hear him yelling, ‘My grandmother is still in there.’ He tried to go back in the burning house, but he couldn’t.”

Two women were killed Tuesday morning in the fire, which destroyed a home in the 1000 block of Winnie Street. One was identified as Misty Haney, 40, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

Authorities did not release the other woman’s name, but a relative identified her as Mary Carolyn Haney, 71. The women were found on the second floor, a fire official said.

“The fire just went up a wall,” Chris Haney said Tuesday morning as he stood on Winnie Street in front of his mother’s two-story home. “Other than the house leaking, I don’t remember it having any problems.”

Fire investigators continue to search for a cause.

Five people — three adults and two children — escaped the fire.

“My other sister and nephew had been upstairs, but they got out,” Haney said. “It just burned so fast.”

He said his sister and his mother, who used a wheelchair or a walker, didn’t make it. His mother would have been 72 on Wednesday.

The fire, reported shortly after 5 a.m., took about 40 minutes to extinguish.

People were running from the house as firefighters arrived, Battalion Chief Richard Harrison said Tuesday.

“They told firefighters about two other people in the house,” Harrison said. “Firefighters worked quickly to get inside.”

No other injuries were reported.

The family had three dogs, Harrison said, but relatives had seen only one at the scene.

“The frame of the home is still standing,” Harrison said. “But the fire destroyed the inside of the home.”

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