An elderly Beeville woman was pronounced dead early Friday morning after being trapped in a burning house at 100 N. Monroe St.
Assistant Fire Chief Lanny Holland said two others were taken from the scene with burns but they were not described as life threatening. One of those, described as either a brother or son of the deceased woman, apparently suffered the worst injuries because he was trying to reach the woman inside.
Holland and Assistant Fire Chief Bill Burris said the department received the call at about 2:30 a.m. The dispatcher said the one-story wood frame home was fully engulfed in flames and when firemen arrived, Holland said they realized their most important job would be to keep the flames from igniting buildings on either side of the burning home.
Firemen at the scene early Friday were not releasing individual names of the victims, but Fire Marshal Ken Orrell said the home belonged to the Ortega family.
On Friday, Treviño Funeral Home announced that funeral services are pending for Mary Alaniz Ortega, 78, who died at her residence early that morning.
Friends and family members gathered on the street shortly after 8 a.m. and comforted each other as firemen and employees of the Treviño Funeral Home removed the remains. Justice of the Peace Raul Casarez had been at the scene earlier to pronounce the victim dead.
Father Luke of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church was there along with Deacons Luis Treviño and Manuel Carranco to read last rights.
Holland said an investigator with the State Fire Marshal’s Office had arrived to conduct an investigation. Orrell said no cause of the fire had been determined as of Friday morning.