Woman killed in house fire

POSTED: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 3:23pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am

WACO -- Officials are investigating a fire in Waco that took one woman's life. Now, neighbors and family members are speaking out about the tragedy. 48-year-old Kim Johnson was trapped in her home when the blaze started.

Johnson's neighbor, Lester Lancaster, was at home when it happened. He says he heard an explosion and ran outside to find smoke and fire coming from the house next door.

"I told them there's one lady in there and she's on oxygen, and she doesn't go anywhere by herself. So I said she may still be in there," said Lancaster.

Neighbors say two men tried to knock down the door to save Johnson, but the smoke was too over powering.

Fire officials say they received a hang up 911 call from the home just around 10:15. They arrived to find the house engulfed in flames, unable to enter because of a collapsed roof.

They found the body after extinguishing most of the fire.

Kim Johnson's mother, Joyce Abny, would not go on camera, but in her words, some details on the fire just aren't adding up. Abny says she spoke with her daughter less than an hour before the fire, and everything seemed fine. An hour later, her daughter's boyfriend called saying the house was in flames.

Officials say the investigation will likely continue until they get information back from Kim Johnson's autopsy.

In the meantime, Abny is trying to find a funeral home that will let her view her daughter's body before burial.

Officials say they can't confirm reports of two dogs dying in that fire. Neighbors say one dog escaped, but Johnson's mother isn't sure of the dog's location.

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