The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

March 24, 2014

Fire victim dies at Dallas hospital

Palestine Herald-Press


A 73-year-old Palestine woman injured in a house fire Friday night died Sunday at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

Patsy King Green was life-flighted to the Dallas hospital after Palestine Fire Department firefighters responded to the scene of a house fire reported at 9:41 p.m. Friday at 2 Rambling Road — located at the corner of Rambling Road and Highland Drive just off Crockett Road.

“She died from complications from the burn injuries she suffered in the fire,” Palestine Fire Chief Alan Wilcher confirmed Monday.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, the backside of the house was fully involved, PFD Battalion Chief Earnest Crawford said.

“We had two engines attacking the fire and another on patient care for the lady until the ambulance got there to take care of that,” Crawford said. “We had the fire under control in about 15 minutes.”

Firefighters remained on the scene until midnight to make sure the hotspots were out.

According to Crawford, the fire victim was laying on the ground in front of the home when the fire department arrived.

“The next door neighbors that called 911 were trying to assist her as much as they could,” Crawford said.

Due to her injuries, a Trinity Mother Frances Hospital Flight for Life helicopter landed on Crockett Road near the intersection of Highland Drive and Rambling Road, temporarily closing Crockett Road in both directions from about 10:30 to 11 p.m. Friday.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

“I will be looking to find a point of origin and to see exactly what caused it,” Wilcher said.

The PRMC ambus was utilized at the scene to treat the patient prior to her being life-flighted.

The Palestine Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety assisted the fire department in traffic control, as well as some PFD firefighters who were off duty.

Funeral arrangements for Green are pending at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home in Palestine.