A fire in northwest Harris County claimed the life of a young mother and kindergarten teacher Saturday morning.
According to the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office, crews from the Spring Volunteer Fire Department responded to the 23300 block of Whispering Willow at 6:30 a.m. When crews arrived they saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the home.
The body of Briana Sloan Myrick Nagy, 28, was found inside.
Nagy's longtime family friend and attorney Lynne Jurek told Local 2 the victim was a kindergarten teacher who lived at the home with her husband and two children.
“The mother called me and the sister called me at the same time and informed me that there was a fire and that they suspect she had died in the fire, so I just jumped into my car and came out here,” said Jurek.
Jurek said the children, ages 5 and 11, were with their grandparents and Nagy's husband was at a neighbor's house. He rushed to the scene when he realized the home was on fire but there was nothing he could do to save his wife.
The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but there has been no indication the fire was suspicious in nature. They believe the fire started in the garage and then spread to the rest of the home.
Jurek and fellow attorney, Anne Singley, spent most of the day at the home, trying to offer emotional support to the family. Singley described Nagy as a devoted wife and mother.
“She just recently finished her teaching credential and was teaching full time at the kindergarten level," said Singley. "She was in love with not only her own children (but the ones) she was teaching, so it's a huge huge loss for us and for this family."
Jurek said Nagy taught at Hoyland Elementary in Spring ISD.
The home was a total loss. The family's two dogs also died in the fire.