DALLAS (AP) — A sheriff says a fast-moving wildfire has engulfed a home in East Texas, killing a 20-year-old woman and her 18-month-old daughter who were trapped inside.
Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano says the fire destroyed the home Sunday between Lincoln City and Gladewater, more than 100 miles east of Dallas. None of the victims were immediately identified.
Celiano tells the Tyler Morning Telegraph (http://bit.ly/njjkI9) that a male who was inside the house was burned but was able to escape.
Authorities say high winds caused by Tropical Storm Lee are partly to blame for the wildfires that continued to ravage parts of East and Central Texas Sunday. Among the areas hardest hit was Bastrop County just southeast of Austin, where more than 6,000 acres were scorched.
Information from: Tyler Morning Telegraph, http://www.tylerpaper.com