Cause determined for fatal Katy house fire

Investigators are trying to piece together what led to a fire that claimed the life of at least one person in Katy overnight

January 4, 2011 9:32:46 AM PST
Investigators believe they know what led to a fire in Katy over the weekend that left three women dead. The fire started around 7am Sunday at a home off Braken Carter near Town Hall in west Harris County. Investigators with the Harris County Fire Marshall's Office believe the blaze was accidental.

"Our investigation determined the fire was accidental in nature and was caused by a malfunctioning electrical appliance," said Lieutenant Investigator Gustavo Lopez with the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office.

Three people inside the home died, including one of the residents, a grandmother said to be in her 60s, her elderly friend and another woman in her 20s.

"It appears two of the victims were at the door," said Lopez. "They were on the verge of getting out. Most likely, they were overcome by the smoke."

Two of the victims were visiting from Mexico.

The names of the victims have not been officially released. A man who lived at the home wasn't there at the time of