An elderly woman is dead after her mobile home caught fire near Conroe on Christmas Day.
Firefighters responded to the fire in the 17900 block of Deer Glen Drive in the Country West Subdivision around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
"I hear some big boom, and I said 'Jesus what is that?' and he said 'Grandma someone set off a bomb or something,' I said I dont know, and I looked that way and I see the huge huge flames," said Elia G. Perez, neighbor.
After putting out the flames, firefighters found the woman’s body in the home’s bedroom.
The Montgomery County Fire Marshal's Office said the victim is believed to be 69-year-old Lolita Browne.
Firefighters say Browne was home alone when the flames sparked. It took 15 minutes to get the fire under control.
"I knew she was there, they banged on her door before it blew up but no body could get a hold of her," said Cheryl Van Den Pol, neighbor.
An autopsy on the woman indicated she died of smoke inhalation.
"Firefighters made entry into the building in an attempt to rescue the victim in the house, the victim was found in the house but she was deceased," said Scott Burlin, the Montgomery County assistant fire marshal.
Investigators said there were no working smoke detectors in the home.
The investigation is continuing and the cause has not been determined at this time.
The fire marshal says the number one thing that you can do to protect your family is to insure that your home has working smoke detectors.
While most homes have at least one smoke detector, firefighters say one third will not function due to missing or dead batteries.