It is one of at least two fatal incidents involving children during the night as families try to warm themselves without electricity in very cold weather.
SUGAR LAND, Texas – A grandmother and three children died in a house fire in Sugar Land early Tuesday morning, a city spokesperson confirmed to KHOU 11 News.
At around 2 a.m., firefighters were called to the Lake Vista Block 3200, in the area of the First Colony, where a mother and her friend were found outside the burning house. Both suffered burns.
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Inside the house, a 75-year-old woman and three school-aged children were found dead. The woman has been identified as the children’s grandmother.
The children were then identified as Colette, 5, Edison, 8, and Olivia, 11.
Police believe one of the injured women outside the house is the mother of the children who perished.
The area where the fire started had been without electricity for about eight hours.
The police had to detain the mother to prevent her from going back inside the house to try to save her children.
Currently, the cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but it is just one of multiple fatal incidents overnight as the community tries to warm itself during the freezing weather and lack of electricity. At the last check, more than a million customers were without power in the Houston metro area.
Investigators said they learned from the family’s social media posts that they were using the fireplace to stay warm.
Earlier in the evening, a woman and a toddler girl died in a carbon monoxide poisoning accident while trying to warm up with a moving vehicle, Houston police said.