'Electrical issue' sparked fire that killed 3

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Associated Press

Posted on July 13, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Updated Saturday, Jul 13 at 9:32 AM

ORCHARD, Texas (AP) — County officials west of Houston say an "electrical issue" is the cause of a house fire that killed three women from the same family.

Investigators in Fort Bend County said Friday they're continuing to inspect the ruins of the home where 55-year-old Joyce Carrington was killed along with her mother, 80-year-old Dorothy Carrington, and her aunt, 90-year-old Goldie Wells. Carrington was the caregiver for the two older women and for three children who escaped unharmed Thursday.

Carrington and the oldest child, a 17-year-old, ushered the younger children out of the house in the rural town of Orchard before Carrington went back inside for her mother and aunt.

The area lacks hydrants so water had to be fetched to the scene in tanker trucks.

Orchard is about 40 miles outside Houston.

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