Police investigating Galveston fire as homicide after woman’s death and 5 injuries

Authorities are now investigating a Galveston house fire as a potential case of arson and homicide after one person died and four others were rescued from the burning home.

According to ABC13, Renita Hawthorne, a 55-year-old mother, was tragically pronounced dead at the hospital. Her 58-year-old boyfriend and one of her teenage daughters are currently in the ICU, while another teenage daughter has been discharged from the hospital. This devastating incident has left the family in a state of profound grief and uncertainty.

A devastating fire broke out at a residence on 39th Street near Avenue H, erupting shortly before 1 a.m. on Thursday. Disturbing footage captured at the scene reveals extensive destruction inflicted upon the house.

Firefighters on the scene reported that a third person was also coming out of the same window during the rescue, according to radio traffic.

Authorities have reported that the Galveston Fire Department discovered three individuals attempting to flee through a window. Firefighters swiftly responded by providing a ladder, entering the premises, and successfully rescuing the three individuals. Upon further search, they also located a fourth person inside the building.

“We received a dispatch alerting us to the possibility of trapped victims before we arrived at the scene,” explained Battalion Chief Tim Johnson of the Galveston Fire Department. “Upon reaching the location, we discovered several individuals stuck in the delta corner of the house. Without hesitation, we quickly deployed a ladder and successfully rescued three of them.”

According to Galveston Fire Chief Charlie Olsen, one firefighter was hospitalized with a “twisted knee” but has since been discharged. The other firefighter has been admitted to the hospital, although the severity of their injuries is currently unknown.

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The Galveston fire investigators have concluded that the fire was deliberately set. The investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

If you have any information regarding the case, please reach out to the detectives at 409-765-3779. Alternatively, you can provide anonymous tips to Galveston Crime Stoppers by calling 409-763-8477. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

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