FORT WORTH –- Fire department investigators are looking into the cause of a one-alarm fire east of Eagle Mountain Lake that claimed the life of a 47-year-old homemaker Tuesday afternoon.
The woman, whose name is not being released until she has been identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner, was home alone at the time of the fire, which started in the garage of the one-story brick home where she was found, said Terry Reavis, a fire department spokesman.
He said the intense blaze, which was called in about 1 p.m., quickly tore through the home on the 7300 block of Bishop Court. Reavis said the fire was initially called in at the wrong address, but as soon as crews pulled out of a nearby fire station they spotted the smoke and were able to locate the fire shortly.
"The fire was quite fierce," Reavis said. "As they pulled out of the fire station, the whole sky was lit up."
The woman's body was found after the fire department got the blaze under control, Lt. Kent Worley, fire department spokesman, said in a news release.
"The discovery was hampered by the amount of building collapse that had occurred covering the victim," Worley said.
The woman has lived at the home with her husband and two teenagers since late last year, Reavis said. Worley said total damage was estimated at $300,000 for the home and $150,000 for the contents, rendering the house uninhabitable.
One firefighter was transported to a local hospital after suffering minor injuries. Additional crews had to be called to the scene because of the extreme heat. The temperature was 91 degrees at Meacham Airport at the time of the fire Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.