FORT WORTH — Authorities are searching for the cause of a fire that killed two women early Tuesday morning at a home in southeast Fort Worth.
Several people were inside the home, including two women who were killed in the blaze. One woman was identified as Misty Haney and the other remains unidentified.
Investigators have ruled out arson and said the fire likely started on the second floor. Fire department spokesperson Richard Harrison said electrical and accidental causes are being "examined closely."
The fire broke out at about 5 a.m. inside a two-story home on Winnie Street.
Albert Cruz, a resident who lives nearby, said he was walking his dog when a bright light and yelling caught his attention. He said he called 911 when he realized the light was flames.
"They were going like crazy, running back and forth yelling, 'Somebody's in there; somebody's in there," he said. "And we couldn't go in. The scene was engulfed in flames."
Tochi Holsinger, another neighbor, said she too called 911 when she heard someone call out for help.
"I heard someone yell, 'Help me, help me; my house is on fire, call 911,'" she said.
Chris Haney identified the victims as his mother, 71-year-old Mary Carolyn Haney, and his sister, 39-year-old Misty Haney. His sister's 9-year-old son was among the survivors. A one-year-old child and three adults were also able to escape.
According to relatives, the elder Haney would have celebrated her birthday on Wednesday.
Crews were able to get control of the two-alarm fire just before 6 a.m.
"I just had to sit there and watch the house in flames and I couldn't go over there and get in the house or anything because it was so bad," Holsinger said.
Red Cross crews were at the scene to help the survivors.