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Elderly Fort Worth woman dies from fire injuries

FORT WORTH -- The elderly woman who was burned Wednesday while trying to reach her husband as flames swept their home northwest of downtown, died overnight.

Elena Sandoval, 80, died at 12:04 a.m. Friday at Parkland Memorial in Dallas, according to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's office.

She was taken by helicopter to the hospital's burn unit after the early-morning fire Wednesday at her home in the 2700 block of Weisenberger Street.

She suffered burns over 70-80 percent of her body, according to earlier reports.

The one-alarm fire, believed to be electrical, was reported at 6:30 a.m. at the home in a neighborhood northwest of the downtown area.

Her husband, Jesse Sondovar, 81, made it out of the house. Officials said he had been ill and was sleeping in a room with a hospital bed. The fire is believed to have started in that room, officials said.

His wife was sleeping in a bedroom, and she could have gotten out, but she was overwhelmed by flames in the kitchen, officials said.

They noted that it appeared she bypassed an escape exit in the home to reach her husband.

The couple had lived about 50 years in the area and they were very active in neighborhood crime watch programs, officials said.