Katy house fire that killed three was electrical
A fire that killed three women as they slept in a single-story house in the Williamsburg Colony subdivision of Katy on Sunday was caused by a malfunctioning electrical appliance, the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office said today.
The fire has been ruled accidental, said Harris County Fire Marshal Lt. Investigator Gustavo Lopez. Because of the continuing investigation, the fire marshal’s office declined to specify what type of electrical appliance malfunctioned or where in the home it was located.
The fire erupted just after 7 a.m. Sunday at the home in the 22800 block of Braken Carter Lane as all three women were apparently asleep since they were all found clad in their nightclothes, investigators said. Two of the victims collapsed just inside the front door of the home, while a third was found on a floor in a guest bedroom.
The victims’ names and specific causes of death have not been released since autopsies are continuing, but fire officials said one of the women was in her 20s, while the other two were in their 60s. Two of the victims were staying at the house while they were visiting from Mexico, said the West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department.
The home was equipped with working smoke detectors, fire officials said. Nevertheless, the intense blaze swept quickly through the attic of the residence.
Special Pals, an animal rescue group, took custody of 12 rabbits found on the back porch of the home. None of the animals were hurt by the fire.
The victims’ relatives, who also lived in Katy, have declined to comment.
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