1 dead, 3 firefighters hurt in Waco fire

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A Waco family is hurting after a Waco man died in a house fire on Wednesday morning. 

Firefighters are still trying to figure out what started the blaze. 

Jimmy Rios was pronounced dead at the hospital, while two women suffered minor injuries. 

“I just feel sad, ya know? Because he was a good person,” says Lanisha Wilson, who lives next door.

Firefighters pulled Jimmy Rios from the second story of the burning home, but he didn’t make it.

Two women escaped the house on Gorman Avenue with minor injuries.

Wilson says she couldn’t believe what she heard on Wednesday morning.

“I woke up and I thought that someone was like, breaking in, because I heard the glass breaking and everything, so when I came back and I went outside and I saw a big ol’ fire,” Wilson describes.

Wilson says she heard Rios from the second story of the house.

“He was stuck in there, I guess, he was trying to help his family get out, through the windows and stuff, and then, like, the fire started bursting,” Wilson says. “He was by his restroom and he was screaming for help trying to get from the windows and stuff trying to get help, and he was like, the only thing he really could say was his last words was that he loves his sister, his baby sister. He hope she does okay, but that’s basically what I saw. It was like a big ol’ fire.”

Wilson didn’t know her neighbors very well, but she did see them around sometimes.

“Yeah, he was a good person. That’s so sad. Like, he was just up yesterday moving around having fun and then the next day, he’s just, he’s just gone. It’s just sad. You can just wake up and just be gone the next day,” Wilson explains.

Neighbors who didn’t want to be on camera say it’s heartbreaking this happened one day before Thanksgiving.

“Well I feel like it’s kind of sad because I think they were getting ready for Thanksgiving, and I think that’s probably what caused the fire, but I’m not sure,” Wilson continues.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, but investigators do say they found a space heater that was plugged in with a lot of flammable items close by.

—- Original Story ——

One person is confirmed dead and another resident injured along with two firefighters receiving minor injuries in a Wednesday morning fire in Waco.

Family members told FOX44 the 46-year-old man who died from the fire was Jimmy Rios.

Waco fire units were sent to the fire reported at 1824 Gorman Avenue at 6:38 a.m.,  with additional units sent later with fire and smoke showing when they arrived.

The two injured people went to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Hospital.

The house had three occupants, with a 44 year old woman and Rios living upstairs.

Rios was pronounced dead at the hospital, the woman received non life threatening burns.

A third person living downstairs escaped injury.

The house did have a working smoke alarm that alerted the residents.

Three firefighters received minor injuries and were treated and released.

Rios worked for Waco’s Facilities Department, and City Manager Wiley Stem sent out this email Wednesday morning:
 

City Family,

 

It is with much sadness that I inform you all of the loss of one of our coworkers, Jimmy Rios, in a house fire this morning. Jimmy was a building attendant in our Facilities Department and gave many years of service to the City. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today.  We also need to be thankful for, and remember the efforts of our Fire Department family as they contained the fire and two of their members were sent to the hospital for injuries.

 

Please remember them as you spend time with your loved ones this holiday.

 

Thank you for all you do for the City.

 

Wiley

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  

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