UPDATE: Grandmother dies from injuries after Bryan house fire
One of the adults is in critical condition and was transferred to a hospital in Houston
BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - One person has died from injuries sustained in a fire that ravaged a Bryan home Tuesday night. An update to the GoFundMe page created to raise money for the McPeake family says Trisha Enriquez, the family’s grandmother, died Thursday morning as a result of her injuries.
“Unfortunately, my mother-in-law did not make it and has passed surrounded by her family. We have an amazing support system and are just taking it day by day. Thank y’all again for everything,” the update said.
Seven people, including four children, were taken to a hospital Tuesday night after their home caught fire in Bryan, firefighters confirmed. As of Wednesday morning, all of the children, and one adult had been released from the hospital, according to Bryan Fire Marshal Marc McFeron. McFeron also confirmed Enriquez was in critical condition and transferred to a hospital in Houston.
The fire started just after 6 p.m. Tuesday in the 3800 block of Carter Creek Parkway. When firefighters arrived, thick smoke and flames were pouring out of the home near Tanglewood Park.
Bryan resident Cameron Norvell lives in the same neighborhood and says the commotion caught his attention from his backyard.
“I could hear wood breaking. I could hear things crashing. It seemed like a pretty intense experience over here,” Norvell said. “I heard some children yelling, so there was kind of some tension. I didn’t know what was going on. I looked over here across the creek and saw kids coming out the front door. I heard a dad that sounded like he was pretty frantic.”
A spokesman for the Bryan Fire Department initially said two adults and five children were taken to a hospital, but on Wednesday the Fire Marshal’s Office confirmed there were actually three adults and four children inside the home at the time of the fire.
Investigators say the fire was caused by an extension cord in the living room. The home did not have working smoke detectors at the time of the fire. Firefighters say over half the home was affected in some way by the smoke or flames, and it took them roughly 30 minutes to put it out.
“It spread upwards. Obviously, there was a lot of fire all around,” Bryan Fire Chief Richard Giusti said. “As you can see in the background here, there’s been a lot of damage to the structure. If you take a look at the backside from the backyard, there’s even more damage on that side.”
The American Red Cross and community members are working to help the family with immediate needs. Donations of gently used and clean clothing can be dropped off at the American Red Cross, located at 4244 Boonville Rd, on weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
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