Home of Challenger astronaut widow goes up in flames in El Lago

EL LAGO, Texas (KTRK) -- A fire ripped through the home of a Challenger astronaut's widow in El Lago early Wednesday morning.

Witnesses say the home on West Chelsea Place went up in flames just before 5 a.m. The fire was so intense, firefighters had to back off for a bit.

Neighbors say the home belongs to the widow of challenger astronaut Ronald Erwin McNair. The Seabrook Fire Department did save some of the NASA memorabilia inside.

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