Two Killed in Washington County House Fire

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Just before 3 Sunday morning...

“I thought someone was knocking at the door,” explained Washington, Texas resident Kevin Irvin.

Kevin Irvin says he woke up to what he describes as several loud noises outside his bedroom door.

“It was like booming like fire, hot, like things exploding and the dog, if someone knocks he barks, and that's what it sounded like,” said Irvin.

The sounds Irvin heard were coming from the raging fire two doors down at a home on the 3300 block of Brown College Lane where three people were sleeping inside.

“I wasn't expecting that,” said Irvin. “It was like someone was knocking on the door."

According to Washington County Sheriff Otto Hanak, 50-year-old David Michael Wright and 53-year-old Jeanette Laster were trapped inside; they never made it out. Jasper Broaden, who Irvin says was staying with the couple managed to escape, but suffered serious burns. He was air-lifted to Hermann Hospital in Houston.

“It’s a tragic event; something you never wish on no one,” said Irvin.

It's too early to tell what exactly caused the home to ignite, but the State Fire Marshall is investigating to determine how and why.


Two people have been killed in a weekend fire that consumed a home in Southeast Texas.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said Monday that 53-year-old Jeanette M. Laster and her boyfriend, 50-year-old David Michael Wright, died in the blaze in Chappell Hill, about 65 miles northwest of Houston.

Authorities say the home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday. They say a third person was badly burned and taken to a Houston hospital for treatment.

The bodies of Laster and Wright were discovered once the flames were extinguished.

Authorities say it's too early to determine the cause of the fire, which remains under investigation.

It was the second fatal fire in Washington County this year. An elderly man died in a house fire in January.