Woman, Two Dogs found Dead after House Fire

By: David Norris Email
By: David Norris Email

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - UPDATE: The victim has been positively identified as Janet A. Davis.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

It is the first deadly fire in College Station since August 2010.

A woman and two dogs were found dead after an early morning house fire in College Station.

The fire broke out around 5:30 Thursday morning at a home on Eagle Avenue near Victoria Avenue.

Fire crews were on scene about three minutes after getting the first call. It took them about 30 minutes to knock out the flames.

Bart Humphries with the College Station Fire Department said the worst part of the fire was located on the second floor, where the woman's body was eventually found.

"There was some damage to the stairway," said Humphries. "They put ladders on the front of the building and went through that second floor window."

Stephanie Vidrine lives nearby, and was surprised to wake up to flashing lights and fire crews outside her home.

"Immediately, you just start to panic. Do we need to get out, do I need to get my stuff?," said Vidrine. "Nobody was evacuating us, so we knew the fire was under control."

Vidrine said the quick response by the fire department was comforting.

"Knowing all of them were here and they were on it so fast, immediately I was already calm," said Vidrine.

Vidrine said the woman who lived in the burned out home owned two Rottweiler dogs. She said her neighbor kept to herself, but was always polite to her and her family.

"She liked to walk here dogs late at night, and we'd wave howdy," said Vidrine.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire officials haven't said whether foul play was involved, but College Station Crime Scene investigators were at the home Thursday.

The victim's name hasn't been released.

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