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A fire in a house without smoke detectors in Houston caused the death of a family grandmother, while three people were hospitalized.
Authorities reported that flames began to show up around 5:00 a.m. in a northeast Harris County neighborhood, and indicated that the fire was contained in a room when firefighters arrived, he said. Fox 26 Houston.
When the fire started, a grandmother identified as Tammy Mutan, 53, was at home with her daughter, her two granddaughters and her son-in-law.
When the authorities arrived, they found Mutan dead inside the house, while his son-in-law and his two grandsons, ages 8 and 10, were unconscious outside the house. Mutan’s daughter escaped unharmed, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.
After being found, they were taken to a local hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, being in stable condition. Tammy Mutan’s son-in-law was treated for cuts to his body, when he tried to save his family.
Meanwhile, the Harris County Fire Marshal declared hours later than the house it had no working smoke detectors.
Brittany Elder, daughter of Mutan, spoke to Click2Houston and declared the shock caused by the death of his mother, revealing that he had spoken with them hours before the fire.
“I am numb and shocked. I really don’t have much to say, ”Elder noted. “I loved my mom. It’s crazy to me. It is very unfortunate; I just spoke to her a few hours ago“.
For her part, Lolita Wilson, Mutan’s goddaughter, highlighted at that time that the family had not received any news of the children, and remembered her godmother.
“Tammy was great. She was beautiful, that was my little sister. I came into the family as a goddaughter, ”she said.
The Houston Fire Department and the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office are working to determine what caused the deadly fire.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.