NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - In the wake of the fatal house fire that occurred on Andy Lane early Wednesday morning, the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the two women who died.
According to a press release, the two women who died have been identified as Cecilia Watkins, 58, and Mary Bates, 61, both of Nacogdoches. Justice of the Peace Kerry Don Williamson ordered that autopsies be performed on both victims.
“With a heavy heart, this press release will make identification known of the two women who tragically lost their lives yesterday morning in a house fire on Andy Lane,” Sheriff Jason Bridges said in a Facebook post. “With respect to the family, we have withheld this information as long as possible.”
A 14-year-old girl suffered severe injuries in the fire. After she was taken to a local hospital, she was later airlifted to a Dallas hospital, where she remains in critical condition.
“That child is battling for her life this morning at a Dallas hospital,” Bridges said in a Facebook post. “I have called the family to get an update on the child this morning, and with respect to them, I will not go into detail of what was said. However, I will tell you that the outcome we want is not looking favorable.”
Bridges urged the people who read the post to pray for the girl, her family, and the medical staff.
“I ask that our community rally around this family during this time and give them the support they need,” Bridges said in the Facebook post.
According to a press release from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, first responders were dispatched out to the home on Andy Lane shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. When NCSO deputies got to the scene, they saw that the front portion of the mobile home was on fire.
Fire crews from area fire departments arrived on the scene a short time later, and they breached a door on the side of the home. Firefighters and NCSO deputies found three people in a room and pulled them out of the home.
“They were located in a hallway and washroom close to the backdoor," said Russell, the assistant chief of the Central Heights Volunteer Fire department. “Compared to where their bedrooms are known to be they were trying to exit the structure is what we’re looking at.”
First responders and deputies started performing lifesaving measures on the victims found inside.
One woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
“Due to the efforts of the emergency personnel on scene, a 14-year-old child was revived and transported to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital,” the press release stated.
The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the cause of the fire, the press release stated.
“It appears that the fire started on the front porch of the residence,” the press release stated. “Investigators have been made aware that there were heat lamps on the front porch for animals. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.”
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