A young mother and teacher died Saturday morning in a Northwest Harris County house fire. Crews from the Spring Volunteer Fire Department arrived to the home located in the 23300 block of Whispering Willow about 6:30 a.m. when they saw the house engulfed in flames. The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office confirmed finding a woman's body in the home, but did not release her identity.
Attorney and family friend Lynne Jurek told KTRH’s television partner Local 2, the victim is a 28 year old kindergarten teacher at Spring Independent School District’s Hoyland Elementary. Jurek said, ““The mother called me and the sister called me at the same time and informed me that there was a fire and that they suspect she had died in the fire.” The victim's two children ages 5 and 11 were out of the home with their grandparents when the fatal fire occurred. According to Jurek, the victim's husband was at a neighbor's house when he realized his home was on fire. He tried to rush over to save his wife but it was too late. Authorities believe the fire started in the garage then spread through the house completely destroying the home. Both family dogs were killed in the fire as well.
Photo (above) courtesy of KTRH television partner KPRC Local 2.
Family friend Anne Singley told KTRH’s television partner Local 2 the victim “just recently finished her teaching credential and was teaching full time at the kindergarten level." Family and friends at the scene described the victim as a loving mother devoted to her family and students. While trying to comfort the family Singley went on to say “it's a huge, huge loss for us and for this family."
At this time officials do not suspect foul play, but will continue to investigate to determine the cause of deadly fire.