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Three Die in Katy House Fire

Posted: 01-02-11Category:

The new year has barely begun and three people have already been killed in what appears to be the first fatal house fire of 2011 for the Houston area.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation according to the story by Paige Hewitt of the Houston Chronicle which is posted below: Three people have died in a house fire in the Katy area this morning, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences said. The victims, who were not identified, died in a blaze in the 22800 block of Braken Carter Lane, officials said. Assistant Chief Mark Holloway, from the West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department, said three females died in the fire, but provided no details of the victims beyond that. Little damage to the house was visible from the street, but Holloway said the rear of the residence was gutted. One of the bodies was found under debris. Holloway said there was no obvious indication of how or where the fire started. The cause of the fire is being investigated. The Harris County Fire Marshal's office has taken the lead in the investigation. Officials at the scene of the fire in the Williamsburg Colony subdivision, a quiet neighborhood north of I-10, said a 911 call was received at 7: 15 a.m. Neighbors gathered at the scene said they did not know the names of the people who lived in the house, but said they had seen three women working in the yard from time to time. They described the women as quiet and said it appeared they had an extended family who were at the house often.

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