Firefighters: Clutter hindered woman’s rescue from fatal fire

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on November 27, 2012 at 9:33 AM

HOUSTON – Firefighters had to cut a hole in the side of an elderly woman’s home to try and rescue her from a fire at her south Houston home. She later died at the hospital, firefighters said.

The fire was reported around 11:30 p.m. Monday on Sherwood Drive at Porter Avenue, according to the Houston Fire Department.

Neighbors said flames were shooting from the one-story home.

“It was just blazing,” a neighbor told KHOU 11 News. “I could see fire—not just smoke—fire.”

Firefighters made a fast attack but said they had trouble finding the elderly woman inside due to clutter in the home.

“In this home this particular individual has numerous, numerous video tapes, clothes, lots of furniture, and it made it very difficult for firefighters to enter,” said HFD spokesman Jay Evans. “So they had to go and remove all of the windows in order to make access to this fire.”

Rescuers cut through a wall so they could make a bathroom window large enough to rescue the woman. She was transported to the hospital in critical condition where she died a short time later, HFD said.

Homicide and arson investigators were called in to determine a cause for the blaze.

The woman’s identity was not released.

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