Spring ISD elementary school teacher killed in northwest Harris County house fire

The kindergarten teacher is married and has two children who a Spring ISD elementary school
February 23, 2014 4:32:41 AM PST
Neighbors in northwest Harris County are mourning a woman who they say spent her life helping their children.

Her body was found in a house fire off on Whispering Willow and Aldine Westfield Saturday morning. Family members and friends are going through what's left, trying to salvage what they can.

"It's hard to register. It's hard to take it in," family friend Jessica Bennett said.

Cell phone video shows the flames running through the home just before 7am. Investigators say the fire may have started in the garage.

A family of four, two adults and two young children, lived there.

The family's attorney's told me the children were not home. They said the husband discovered the home was on fire, tried to go in to get his wife but was pulled back by emergency responders.

The woman who died was 28 years old and a new kindergarten teacher at Robert Hoyland Elementary School.

"Just her sense of humor. She always had a smile on her face and just a wonderful, wonderful human being. She's going to be very missed," the victim's attorney, Lynne Jurek, said.

The PTO president of another Spring ISD elementary school is collecting donations to help the surviving family members.

Investigators have not released the name of the woman who died in this fire. We're told the father had to tell his two young kids, who attend Hirsh Elementary School, about what happened to their mother.

Spring ISD say the principal of the school where the victim worked has reached out to the family and crisis counselors will be on campus Monday to assist grieving students and staff.

The Spring Fire Department, Ponderosa Fire Department, Aldine Fire Department and Cypress Creek EMS all responded to the scene. At this point, we're told the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

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