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Victim identified in Tye mobile home fire that killed one

By Ariana Garza, Weekend Anchor/Crime & Courts Reporter, agarza@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:28:35 AM CST
Updated On: Aug 19 2013 02:10:14 PM CDT
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TYE, Texas -

A 57-year-old woman has been identified as the victim in a house fire Saturday that killed one near Tye.

According to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Kathy Deann Cherry died in the mobile home blaze on County Road 310 near Tye.

Cherry’s body has been transported to Fort Worth for an autopsy, a news release said. The fire remains under investigation, although investigators don’t believe the fire was set intentionally.  

From the previous story:

A late night house fire in Tye left one woman dead Friday. The fire broke out just before midnight at a home on County Road 310 off FM 707.

Sergeant Craig Griffis with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office said firefighters from Tye, Merkel and View responded to the fire; however the home was already fully involved and a 57-year-old woman was found dead inside.

A neighbor tried to help before first responders arrived and removed a window air conditioning unit to see inside after he heard a noise.

“I was just yelling to see if there was anybody in there to tell them to get out and to just, you know, lay on the floor - crawl - try to crawl to the door and after that I didn't hear much noise and I ran around and grabbed the water hose and turned it on and put it through the window where I was at and so the water could run and then I grabbed it out again and just started spraying where the water was, after awhile I ran around and busted all the other windows out of the house because smoke just started flying out everywhere,” Brent Bailey said.

“They say they seen her laying down on this end of the house which is the opposite end of the house from any electricity that was on - the AC was on - and so it just devastates me, I don't know…I wish, you know, I could have gone to the other end of the house, tried to get a window down here instead of the other end…I was going to do whatever I could to get them out, and I couldn't.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation; however, Griffis said it does not seem suspicious. The victim’s identity has not yet been released.