Woman found dead inside burning Magnolia home

MAGNOLIA, Texas – A woman was found dead Sunday inside a burning home in Magnolia.

The fire was reported about 3:30 a.m. in the 16200 block of Barbara Lane in the Walnut Cove neighborhood.

Firefighters arrived to find the single-story home engulfed in flames and the roof of the home collapsed.

Crews found the 78-year-old woman who lived at the home dead, along with her dog, about an hour into the effort to extinguish the blaze. Investigators with the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office said the woman made it out of her bedroom but could not escape the home.

Investigators said there were smoke detectors in the home.

“Her son reported to us that she did have smoke detectors but he’s not sure if they were working,” said Kevin Bates with the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office. “One thing that we do like to remind people is that if your smoke detectors are older than 10 years old replace those. If you haven’t changed your batteries change those twice a year.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The victim’s identity was not immediately released.

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