Woman found dead as HFD responds to apartment fire in NW Houston, officials say

HOUSTON – A woman was found dead after the Houston Fire Department responded to an apartment fire Wednesday in northwest Houston, officials said.

The fire was reported at 2:46 p.m. at Garden City Apartments at 9601 W. Montgomery Rd. The fire was detected to be coming from a first-floor apartment, officials said.

When firefighters entered the apartment, they found the woman dead on a burning couch and immediately pulled her outside, but it is unclear if the cause of death was due to the fire or something else.

Relatives identified her as Verma Moore, 67.

Moore lived alone and had a history of health problems including a series of strokes, according to family members. They said she was also a smoker.

Firefighters said the fire was only active between 5 minutes and 10 minutes but was quickly extinguished. The cause of the fire is under investigation by HFD Arson investigators while HPD Homicide detectives try to determine exactly how Moore died.

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