Just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning Magnolia firefighters were dispatched to a house fire with a reported infant trapped on Todd Road in Magnolia. Within minutes firefighters arrived and were met with very heavy fire conditions on an approximately 30 foot travel trailer. The travel trailer had an attached building to it which was also burning. Neighbors and family members tried desperately to save the child but were unable to penetrate the flames.
Firefighters also attempted but were forced back out. When they were finally able to make entry they found the child in a back room.
Montgomery County Hospital District responded with multiple ambulances. A 10-year-old was treated on the scene along with an adult for smoke inhalation.
According to the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office the cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The mother moved into the travel trailer less than 2 weeks ago and had electricity but no propane. The temperatures Saturday morning were a mild 71 degrees.
The 3-year-old and his 10-year-old cousin were in the trailer alone as the mother was at a next door neighbors visiting.
With Montgomery County averaging 5 to 6 fire deaths a year, this is the first fire fatality of 2012.