SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Center woman has died in a house fire west of Center early Friday.
Justice of the Peace Maxie Eaves said he was called to the fire at 1:15 a.m. to pronounce the death of Sallie Holt Chandler, 64, of Center.
"It was a wood house, so it was fully involved by the time we got there," West Shelby County Fire Chief Jerryl Adams said. "It's sad whenever you have a house fire."
Eaves said the fire happened in the Aiken community at a home in the 200 block of County Road 1210, which is 12 miles west of Center.
"I live right down the road from them, so it was hard for me," Adams said.
David Chandler, Sallie Chandler's son, said he got the call about the fire at his mother's house at about 12:30 a.m. James Chandler, his dad, told him that he was in the house, and he saw smoke, got out, but couldn't get back in.
"It appears it was an electrical problem," Adams said. "It could have been through the ventilation system."
David Chandler said he was told there was an issue with the breaker box.
Sheriff Willis Blackwell confirmed his office responded to the fire but refused to release any basic information until the report was finished.
Adams said the home had ammunition in it, and it caused a safety hazard for them.
"There was a lot of popping going off," Adams said. "Mr. Chandler did a lot of gin trading and had bullets in the home. There was a point where we had to take cover while fighting the fire."
Adams said this loss will hit the community hard.
"They were well known in the community," Adams said. "They were in the community for years and years."