Montgomery County has recorded its first fatal house fire for 2013. Just after 3 a.m. this morning a woman who was visiting a friend saw flames coming from a home down the street at 20183 Lakeway Drive and ran down the road to try to alert the owner. Several other neighbors were also alerted and assisted knocking on doors and windows. By that time the entire back corner of the house and porch were in flames.
Four minutes later Montgomery Fire Department arrived and started to battle the blaze. When they entered the house and knocked the flames down they found the owner, Estenislao “Sam” Torres dead on the floor.
Torres was taken to the Montgomery County Forensic Center by Eickenhorst Funeral Directors.
The Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene and began to sift through the rubble looking for clues to the cause of the blaze. A cause has not yet been determined. Kevin Bates with the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office said friends said he did have a smoke detector but due to the extent of the damage that has yet to been determined.
Sam Torres who was 69-years-old has lived in the home since 1967. He was living in the home alone at the time. However, his wife and neighbors said he was always working to improve it. Sam was the sole owner of “Sammy’s Lawn Care”
The Fire Marshal’s Office also determined after talking with neighbors that Torres had 3 deadbolt locks on the front door. Some of which were double key type locks. They also said that Torres did not have keys , so that he normally exited out the back door. The back door area and porch is where the fire was at the time.
Bates said they believe Torres was asleep on the couch as the bedroom door. He said he didn’t feel Torres was trapped.