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Fort Worth House Fire Kills 1, Injures 2

By Matt Goodman, CBSDFW.com
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photo23 Fort Worth House Fire Kills 1, Injures 2

A fire at this home in the 1300 block of E. Magnolia St. in Fort Worth killed one and injured two on Feb. 19, 2012. (Courtesy: Fort Worth Fire Department)

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – An early-morning fire at a home in the 1300 block of E. Magnolia St. killed one person and injured two others Sunday.

Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman Tim Hardeman said emergency crews were dispatched to the blaze just before 5 a.m. First responders reported “very heavy smoke and fire” coming from the front of the home.

Fire fighters entered the residence and quickly removed a male victim. Hardeman said officials were able to resuscitate him before MedStar arrived to take him to the hospital. His condition is unknown

A woman jumped from a window of the home and suffered non-life threatening injuries from the fall.

Hardeman said while fire fighters helped aid the victims, the fire grew to the point that emergency crews could not enter the home until it was weakened from the outside.

Once they were able to go back inside, fire fighters found a dead person. That individual has not been identified.

At 10:45 a.m., Hardeman said a Univision videographer shooting footage of the scene noticed a man near the residence with severe burns and called police.

That victim told authorities he and a younger man were also in the home. The younger victim escaped unharmed, the second man suffered “serious burns,” Hardeman said.

The victim told investigators that the two left the scene without calling any emergency officials. The two reportedly left to find a hospital but couldn’t and returned to the destroyed home without getting any aid.

Hardeman said the Univision videographer had to convince the man to get medical aid.

Fire investigators are researching what caused the fire. The home and its contents were totally lost in the blaze; Hardeman estimated damages to be $20,000.

In all, six people were in the home during the fire: One individual died, a woman was injured jumping from a window, another man was rescued by firefighters with a ladder and two men escaped without injuries.

No one has been identified.

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