Three children and their grandmother died in a house fire last week near Houston during the a power outage amidst the historic cold weather that swept Texas.
Firefighters arrived at Jackie Pham Nguyen’s home shortly after receiving an emergency call at 2:00pm on February 16, according to Doug Adolph, spokesperson for the city of Sugar Land.
The structure was already “engulfed” in flames, Adolph said, with Nguyen outside the home. Nguyen, the mother of the three children, “had to be physically restrained from running back into her burning home,” Adolph said.
After dousing the blaze, firefighters found the bodies of three children and their grandmother.
Adolph said their neighbourhood had been without electricity for hours and that the family had posted to social media that they were lighting their fireplace to stay warm in the dark.
While the investigation was still underway Adolph said: “We have not yet identified a cause of the fire, and it’s possible we never will.”
The deadly storm, which blanketed Texas in snow last week, knocked out power to millions of people across the region. At least 70 people died.