Fort Worth investigators look for cause of fatal overnight fire



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Posted on November 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 14 at 1:20 PM

FORT WORTH -- Investigators are working to determine what sparked a fire that killed a 75-year-old Fort Worth woman.

Maritta Brown was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 3:40 a.m. Rescuers found her on a couch inside her burning home at 720 East Robert Street. The fire did heavy damage to the back of the house, and the home is considered a total loss.

Neighbors reported seeing flames around 1 a.m. An off-duty police officer also saw the fire as he drove along the highway, according to one witness. She said the officer was among the first to attempt rescuing the woman, but the flames were too strong.

Emergency crews were eventually able to get Brown from the home, but she could not be resuscitated.

"It was tough last night," said neighbor Artis Purvey. "I've never seen anything like it."

Brown lived alone at the home.

"She was real nice," said neighbor Kenneth Carr. " She would come over every now and then, just to use the telephone, and then she'd go right back home."

The investigation into the fire's cause is ongoing.