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Another Deadly Fire in Houston

Posted: 12-21-10Category:

UPDATE:An electrical problem likely caused a fire early Tuesday that killed an east Houston man at his home, relatives said.

The sister of Hilry Robinson, 56, said Houston Fire Department officials told relatives the blaze that gutted his home in the 8500 block of Cowart near Gellhorn was accidental.

"He was a good man," said Brenda Johnson, his sister. "He was just a good person."

The blaze broke out about 2:30 a.m. and quickly engulfed the small home. More than 60 Houston firefighters responded.

Robinson lived alone in the house. His wife died about 18 months ago, family members said.

Johnson thought the burning house was empty until firefighters made their search.

"They went around the back and they found him by the back door," she said.

ORIGINAL STORY: Maybe it's the Christmas Lights.  Another day, another deadly fire in the Houston area.  In what is now the second death in as many days, another house fire has claimed the life of a Houston area homeowner.

A man died in a fire early this morning at a home in east Houston. The blaze broke out at the home on Cowart near Gellhorn about 2:30 a.m. today, officials said.

Officials said the victim, a 56-year-old man, was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Relatives identified the man as Hilry Robinson.

No other injuries were reported.

More than 60 firefighters battled the flames for nearly an hour. The blaze was extinguished about 3:10 a.m.

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked the fire.

It was the second fatal fire in the area recently.

A man died in a house fire in northwest Harris County early Monday morning. That blaze broke out in the 12000 block of Tiltrum near Chippewa about 1 a.m., said Wesley Cole, chief of the Northwest Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters doused the flames about 2:30 a.m. The man was found dead in the bathroom.

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