Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

March 5, 2014

Santo ISD student dies in house fire


— By CLINT FOSTER



ERATH COUNTY – A young student of Santo Junior High School is dead and his parents hospitalized after their rural home was consumed by a fire in the wee hours of Monday morning.

Jessie Nance, 13, died after being trapped inside his family’s burning, two-story home on County Road 465 shortly after 2 a.m., Monday. Nance’s mother and stepfather, Lisa and Leslie Bain, were transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas – the Metroplex’s preeminent burn center. A representative at the hospital told the Index, Tuesday, that Leslie is in “good” condition, while Lisa’s status remains “critical.”

Erath County Fire Marshal Steve Cole told the Index the home was totally destroyed by the flames and unsalvageable.

“The majority of the house was fully involved upon arrival,” he said of the blaze. “Other than the tragedy of the child losing his life, for what it was, the fire was not abnormal.”

Cole said it took firefighters just over an hour to douse the flames. He added Erath County, Lipan and Morgan Mill fire departments were among those that responded to the emergency.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Cole said the cause of the fire is unknown and that the incident is still under investigation with the help of the state fire marshal’s office.

The fire was one of two in Erath County Monday morning that resulted in deaths. According to local reports, a woman in her 60s also died in a blaze at the Dublin Housing Authority. Dublin fire officials said the fire plug at the scene was broken and crews were unable to access the water.

The Dublin fire is also under investigation by the Texas Fire Marshal.