Resident killed, firefighter injured in Montgomery County house fire near Lake Conroe

These photos provided by the Montgomery County Fire Marshal's Office show a home gutted by flames in the Big Oaks subdivision. Officials say one person was killed in the blaze, and a firefighter was injured. (MCFMO)
September 8, 2013 1:32:10 PM PDT
A Montgomery County resident died and a firefighter was injured Sunday in an early morning blaze near Lake Conroe.

It happened around 4am on Lakeway Drive in the Big Oaks subdivision.

Firefighters from stations in Montgomery and North Montgomery County responded and found the home heavily engulfed in flames.

They immediately attacked the blaze and got it under control, but then they made a startling discovery. According to the Montgomery County Fire Marshal's Office, crews searched the burned home and found a body.

The body is believed to be that of the home's resident, who family members identify as Estanislao " Sam" Torres, a long time resident and small business owner. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

An initial investigation revealed that the fire started on the home's porch and spread quickly. Officials do not believe the home had working smoke detectors.

One firefighter was transported to Conroe Regional Medical Center, suffering from heat exhaustion and related medical problems. His condition was not released.

Arson investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze.

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