Teen killed in early-morning fire was local junior high student

Little remained of the house Tuesday morning.  (Photo by Rhyan Henson)
Little remained of the house Tuesday morning. (Photo by Rhyan Henson)(KWTX)
Published: Jul. 24, 2018 at 10:26 AM CDT
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A teenager who died early Tuesday in a fire in a home in rural Hill County south of Bynum was a student at Robinson Junior High School, the school’s principal confirmed.

The boy’s name has not yet been released.

The 13-year-old was an awesome kid who will be sorely missed, Cynthia McCoy said.

“He was a breath of fresh air, played tennis and sang wonderfully,” she said.

The fire was reported at around 12:20 a.m. Tuesday in a two-story home at 29 Private Road 326 off of FM 1242.

By the time the first crews arrived, flames had engulfed the house.

The fire was so hot that Hill County deputies were forced to remain some distance away from the burning home until firefighters arrived, authorities said.

Smoke alarms alerted residents to the fire.

Five of the six people inside the home got out, but the 13-year-old boy, who was in a different part of the house, was unable to escape from the burning structure.

The teenager was a family friend who was spending the night.

The other five residents, a man and a woman and their three children, were taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, authorities said.

Firefighters found the boy’s body at around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Hill County Justice of the Peace Brad Henley was later called to the scene.

An investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s Office was also at the scene Tuesday morning.

Two dogs also died in the fire.

The four-bedroom house was a total loss, the source said.

The fire also destroyed the family’s vehicles and a camper vehicle.

Firefighters from Bynum, Abbott, Penelope and Hillsboro’s battled the flames.

The fire evidently started in the front portion of the house.

The cause is under investigation.