Hood County Fire Dept. Confirms Identities Of Victims Of Fatal Blaze
GRANBURY (CBSDFW.COM) - On top of mourning the loss of a loved one, six families struggled for days with a lack of information pertaining to a fatal fire that likely took the life of their son or daughter.
Hood County authorities confirmed the identities of the six victims lost in Sunday’s deadly blaze in Granbury late Tuesday.
They include Savannah Dix-Marrero, 16, from Fort Worth; Alexis Jade Schooley, 17, from Fort Worth; Vivian Alejandra Rodriguez, 18, from Fort Worth; Nicholas Drake Evans, 19, from Fort Worth; and Timothy Dale Moran, 30, from Fort Worth. The sixth victim has not been identified.
“The support I have has helped me,” mother Edna Marrero said in a low voice while being consoled by a family member Tuesday.
Marrero is heartbroken and leaning on her family for support. She said she is confident her daughter Savannah was killed in the mobile home fire. Officials confirmed that Savannah was one of the ones who died Tuesday night.
Authorities said Sunday that identification would be difficult because the victims did not reside in the county.
Marrero said waiting to hear the news was the hardest part.
“It’s so frustrating,” she said with tears in her eyes.
Stephanie Marrero, Savannah’s aunt, said the teen loved cheerleading, dancing and being with her friends.
“She was a good kid and everyone loved her. We’re going to get Edna through this,” she said early Tuesday. “We’re waiting on that confirmation.”
Sixteen-year-old Savannah was best friends with Alexis Schooley, who was also at the Granbury mobile home in the early morning hours of the fire.
They were having a party, celebrating Alexis’ 17th birthday. Alexis’ mother, Tiffany Ryan, believed her daughter didn’t make it out. She is now scrambling to plan her daughter’s funeral. And like Savannah, Hood County Fire Marshal Brian Fine confirmed Tuesday night that Alexis was one of the six victims.
“We didn’t have any funds set back for a funeral,” Ryan said from her home. “We don’t know how much a casket costs, or do we need to cremate her?”
According to the Marrero and Schooley families, there are now memorial funds arranged at Wachovia/Wells Fargo Bank for those wanting to make a monetary donation to help cover funeral costs.
Many parents didn’t know their children were even at the party and the owner of the mobile home was out of town. The Hood County Fire Marshal said he doesn’t expect criminal charges.
“We’ve been notified that an investigation is underway but is not complete,” said Hood County District Attorney Rob Christian in a statement. “At this time, my office is not playing a role. If findings from the investigation are submitted, we will review them.”
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is investigating whether underage drinking was involved.
A 16-year-old girl and the mobile home owner’s daughter reportedly left the party early Sunday morning prior to the fire to drive friends back to Fort Worth. She got in a wreck on the way back and was seriously injured.
TABC Captain Charlie Cloud, a Granbury resident, said his agents are investigating whether underage drinking played a role in that crash as well.