A woman was killed in a house fire in Sansom Park on Saturday morning that left two other people, including a 16-year-old girl, in critical condition, police said.
Roxanne Flores, 35, died at a hospital, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office said.
The other two victims — described as a 16-year-old girl and a man who was the “father of the family,” Sansom Park Police Chief Carolyn Gilmore said — were taken to hospitals in critical condition. Gilmore was unable to describe the relationship of the deceased woman to the other victims.
One more person was taken to a hospital via private vehicle with minor injuries, a MedStar spokesman said.
Children in the area of Calloway Street had reported seeing smoke and flames around 9 a.m., Gilmore said, and several more 911 calls followed. The responding firefighters and police officers reportedly found a brick home in the 5200 block of Calloway Street — near Joy James Elementary School — consumed in flames.
Flores and the man in critical condition were able to get out of the house by the time authorities arrived. But firefighters and officers, Gilmore said, immediately noticed a teenage girl trying to escape from a side window. She had burns to her body and had applied a tourniquet to an injured arm, Gilmore said.
They ran to the window and pulled her out before attacking the fire, Gilmore said. She was taken in a helicopter to a hospital.
The other two people were driven to hospitals.
This tragic incident, Gilmore said, will test the resolve of the tight-knit surrounding community.
“I will say this: Whether you’re from a big city or a small town, incidents like this are devastating to a community,” she said. “So we ask for prayers for the family.”
It is unclear what started the blaze Saturday morning, but Tarrant County fire officials were on the scene through the morning and early afternoon looking into a potential cause, Gilmore said. The city is about six miles northeast of Fort Worth.
The fire was so large, she said, that responding firefighters were not able to immediately enter the building and had to attack it from the outside. They were aided by units from Lake Worth and River Oaks.
Authorities were still on the scene as of 1 p.m. Saturday, Gilmore said.
She said the home is still standing thanks to its brick structure, but there is significant damage to the interior.
“I don’t know if it’s a total loss, but it’s devastating,” she said.