Posted: Mar 26, 2013 5:34 PM by Rachel Cole - email@example.com
Updated: Mar 26, 2013 6:44 PM
ARANSAS PASS - Investigators say a fire death in the 900 Block of North Whitney, that was initially thought to be a murder, may just be an accident.
The fire happened Monday night and left one woman dead. Her friend was home with her when the fire started but couldn't help her out.
Investigators scoured the scene where Vicki Mathis, 54, was found dead inside the burned trailer around 6 o'clock last night. Captain Kyle Rhodes says a man that was home with Mathis at the time tried to save her.
"He's claiming that the victim was overcome by the smoke and that he was inside and that he tried to get her out and then he couldn't and got himself out," Cpt. Rhodes said.
While authorities say they're investigating this case as a homicide, which is standard procedure, they also say it is possible this fire was just an accident.
"We believe that probably within the trailer right now, one of the people present said they were barbecuing and were looking at the BBQ pits to see if they may have been a cause," Cpt. Rhodes said.
Meanwhile, her neighbor says she often saw the two people outside but she didn't see how the fire started.
"Maybe it was an accident or maybe it was on purpose because they don't have no electricity so they always use they're BBQ pit in and outside their trailer," she said.
The woman says she feels bad for Mathis who is believed to be handicapped and wouldn't have been able to get out by herself. Plus, she is also weighing the damage done to her home as well.
"We just have damage to our door, I guess they had a butane and I guess it exploded it blew our windows out, our doors we just had a lot of smoke in here," she added.
As far as the relationship between Mathis and the man, investigators say he claims they've known each other for 10 years and that she'd been staying here with him for the past couple days.
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