Dallas woman killed in early morning house fire – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
A Dallas house fire turned tragic early Sunday after killing a 79-year-old woman.
It happened in the Stemmons Corridor, on Briarcliff Road near Inwood Road and I-35. Despite the efforts of firefighters, a neighbor and the woman’s daughter, she could not be pulled to safety.
“I’m still numb and in a trance state. I don’t think it’s a kick in the fact that I’m homeless and I lost my mom,” Deralane Davis said.
Davis said she woke up around 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning when she heard mom, Flo, calling her from her bedroom.
“I woke up to see her screaming, calling out to me,” she said.
Davis said the 79-year-old had trouble walking.
“By the time I reached her, she was on the floor. I was pulling her, and it was too much for her. So I ran to the front door and opened it because there was had so much smoke, so much smoking,” Davis said.
From the porch, Davis screamed for help. Neighbor Jeremy Johnson dialed 911 before rushing off.
“I literally crawled on the floor across the living room, I called for her mother. I heard her call me, so I knew someone was there. But as I got closer to the hallway , something fell,” Johnson said.
The ceiling had collapsed.
Forced to retreat, Johnson waited with Davis for the fire crews to arrive.
By the time they did, Flo was gone.
“They found her in the hallway, coming out of her room where I had left her. She was still calling me while I was calling for help. She was still calling me,” Davis said.
Although they have not yet determined a cause, investigators say the fire started in a bedroom before spreading to the attic.
Although the fire spread to a neighbor’s home, Dallas Fire and Rescue said it only sustained damage to its exterior siding.