A woman rescued from a Galveston house fire Wednesday night died in the hospital Thursday, city officials said.

Lillian Laughlin, 76, died at a University of Texas Medical Branch hospital less than a day after being rushed to a burn treatment unit.

Her husband, Benjamin Laughlin, 79, died in the fire at 4315 Ave. Q 1/2 on Wednesday night.

The family dog also died in the fire.

The fire was reported at 8:46 p.m. and emergency responders were on the scene within four minutes. Firefighters were able to find the couple quickly and remove them from the one-story wood-frame house.

The fire was extinguished quickly, and no other properties were damaged by the flames. The exact cause of the fire had not been determined Thursday, but fire officials said they were focused on one specific area of the house.

It was the first fatal fire in Galveston since 2015, officials said.

Galveston Fire Department Chief Mike Wisko called the deaths “a tragic loss” for the Laughlin family and the city.

“GFD has made fire prevention and the safety of our residents our highest priority and this loss of two residents serves to reinforce our desire to constantly remind everyone of the need for fire safety,” Wisko said.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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