Two people are dead after a house fire in North Odessa.
The Odessa Police Department and Fire Rescue responded to a structure fire at 1300 block of East 44th Street around 4, on Sunday morning. There, they found a home engulfed in flames. Fire Marshal, Michelle Cervantes, says it took about seven to eight hours to battle the flames. Units called for additional assistance.
“The home was a total loss,” explained Cervantes. “After all of the fire was extinguished, it was discovered that there were two occupants in the home that didn’t make it.”
Neighbor, Andria Millican, says she was close to her parents-in-law’s neighbors. “The lady that lived there and her boyfriend were both in the house. The son lived there at the house, but he happened to be staying at a friends house and this is what he came home to.”
Her niece, Brittany Burke, grew up knowing the victims. She says residents on the block were close-knit.
“My mom lives right next to my grandparents, and we’ve all known each other for a very long time,” said Burke.
Millican says she never expected Mother’s Day would be their last encounter. “We had just seen her on Mother’s Day,” said Millican. “We were all over here and she had came to take a family photograph of us.”
She says the gut feeling of driving up to the house was something she could have never prepared for.
“I was trying to picture what the house might look like, but when I pulled up… Oh my goodness, it was just unreal… unreal,” said Millican, “Definitely something nobody should have to go through,” added Burke.
Cervantes says the cause of the fire is still unknown. At this time, authorities are saying it is “undetermined.” However, Cervantes stated they have ruled out arson. The two bodies will be sent to Tarrant County, Monday morning, for autopsies. No further injuries were reported at this time.