Family members and friends have rushed to the aid of a Sansom Park family whose mother was killed in a weekend house fire.
The family’s father and 16-year-old daughter also were critically injured Saturday morning in the blaze, which occurred in the 5200 block of Calloway Street in Sansom Park.
A GoFundMe account was established Monday to help pay for funeral costs, medical bills and other needs for the Flores family. As of about 2 p.m. Tuesday, $10,887 had been raised for the family. The goal was set at $30,000.
Killed in the fire was 35-year-old Roxanne Flores. She died from smoke inhalation, according to a ruling by officials with the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Children in the area of Calloway Street had reported seeing smoke and flames around 9 a.m. Saturday, Sansom Park police said, and several more 911 calls followed. The responding firefighters and police officers reportedly found a brick home on Calloway Street — near Joy James Elementary School — consumed in flames.
Flores and her husband, Samson “Alex” Flores, were able to get out of the house by the time authorities arrived. But firefighters and officers immediately noticed a teenage girl trying to escape from a side window. The teen, Savannah Flores, had burns to her body and had applied a tourniquet to an injured arm, Sansom Park police and a family member said.
“We believe she opened her bedroom door and flames just came rushing in,” said Patrice Soto of Fort Worth, Roxanne Flores’ older sister, on Tuesday in a telephone interview. “She was burned, but she turned around and kicked open her window, smashing it.”
Soto said her niece severely cut her arm on the broken glass as she escaped through her window.
Sansom Park Police Chief Carolyn Gilmore said Tuesday investigators believe the fire was accidental, but an ivnestigation continued.
“Alex called my mother to say there was a fire,” Soto said. “Mom called me, told me that they were trying to resuscitate Roxanne and I just lost it then.”
Roxanne Flores’ husband and 16-year-old daughter remained on Tuesday at the burn unit at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
“The daughter has undergone numerous procedures and is still in critical condition,” Steve Martinez wrote on the GoFundMe account.
Martinez mentioned that the family had no insurance.
The family also includes a 6-year-old autistic son and a 12-year-old daughter.
A funeral service for Roxanne Flores is pending.