Fatal McAllen Fire

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One McAllen woman is dead, and three others were taken to the hospital following an early morning fire. 

Our News center 23’s Mike Jimenez has the details. 

The fatal fire took place at the intersection of 22nd street and Datepalm, it was a very active scene as firefighters continued to put out hotspots and continue with their investigation into just what caused this fire. 

Jimenez had a chance to speak with Fire Chief Balderas about the person who died at the scene, and Baldera’s says that the woman may have gotten out of that fire alive, but went back in to get her purse. 

“We wanna make sure if your out of a fire, make sure you don’t go back into the structure.” Said Balderas. 

It was just after three a.m. this morning that firefighters were called out to a structure fire in the 2200 block of Datepalm Ave. Although they arrived just two minutes after the call came in, they found the home fully engulfed in flames. 

“Fire spread to two other structures and on arrival we made entry. We saw that the fire had advanced in one of the structures.” Chief Balderas said. 

When they arrived to the burning homes, they received a report that a woman was inside one of the homes, and despite their best efforts that woman, who’s identification has not been released, died in the fire.  We spoke to a neighbor who did not want to go on camera about the intensity of the flames.

“They were big, they were huge. They were all big time. It got me scared, I came out with my little puppy and we ran out. We just came out for safety.” 

Chief Balderas also says he doesn’t believe there were any smoke detectors in the home and wants residents to know they can save lives.

“One of the things we want to emphasize is to make sure that every home in McAllen has a smoke detector. That will give you a better chance to survive in these types of situations.” Said Chief Balderas.

Chief Balderas also tells us that it may take some time for them to wrap up their investigation as to just what caused this fire. 

The three people taken to the hospital were exposed to smoke inhalation and are expected to be ok. 

One family dog died in the fire. 

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