HENDERSON COUNTY–A 69-year-old woman lost her life in a fatal structure fire in the Cherokee Shores Subdivision Aug. 16.
Just before 6 p.m., Payne Springs Fire Rescue (PSFR) received a call regarding a structure fire located at 7106 West Choctaw Drive in Payne Springs. The call was reported with a possible entrapment. PSFR Chief 1 responded immediately and requested a mutual aid response from Gun Barrel City Fire, Enchanted Oaks Fire and Eustace Fire.
According to reports, PSFR Chief 1 arrived on location approximately 2 minutes after the dispatch to find a double wide single family dwelling with heavy smoke and fire from two windows on the alpha side and smoke coming from the eaves with bystanders confirming entrapment. As crews arrived, a search team made entry without the protection of an interior attack line to search for the victim. The person trapped was located deceased.
Henderson County Fire Marshal Shane Renberg was notified. The deceased individual, identified as Dana Denman, a resident at the home, was pronounced dead at the scene by Henderson County Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Kevin Pollock and sent to American Forensics in Dallas for an autopsy.
PSFR posted on Facebook, “The members of PSFR and the other departments on scene would like to send our sincere condolences to the family. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Henderson County Fire Marshal’s office.
We would like to thank the Payne Springs Police Department and the other law enforcement agencies that responding along with UT Health EMS. We would also like to thank Gun Barrel City Fire, Eustace Fire and Malakoff Fire for their assistance on this call.”
The Henderson County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause and origin of the fire.