Retired school teacher dies in SW Houston house fire

64-year-old Herman Edwards became trapped inside a burning home and died at the scene (KTRK)
May 12, 2014 9:51:32 AM PDT
A fire last night in southwest Houston sent a family running out their home. Unfortunately, one of them was unable to get out in time.

Firefighters were called to the house around 8pm on Chimney Rock and Trigate.

A mother and an aunt return to find their home destroyed. These ladies, both in their 80s, managed to escape last night's fire. Unfortunately, 64-year-old Herman Edwards did not make it out. Edwards had just retired as a school teacher.

"He went above and beyond, trying to make sure they understood the significance of getting a quality education," said victim's relative Victoria Northington.

While firefighters put out the flames neighbors say Edwards' mother tried to race back inside the home, where they had lived for more than 40 years.

"She was saying, 'You have to save my son, you have to save my son.' But by that time the flames were already engulfed," said neighbor Carlton Turney.

Dozens of neighbors worked together to keep the ladies safe.

"We actually carried them down the street, from down there to my house here because they couldn't walk," said neighbor Freddie Trotter. "She kept asking about the house and I really didn't want to say anything."

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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