TEXAS CITY — A house fire proved fatal after first responders were unable to revive a woman pulled from her burning home early Wednesday morning.
Susan M. Prevost, 80, likely died of smoke inhalation from the blaze that started inside her Texas City house, said John Florence, a spokesman for the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office.
A worker at the nearby Eastman Chemical Company spotted the fire on the plant’s security camera and called a city dispatcher. Firefighters arrived in the 300 block of First Street North soon after 3 a.m. to find the blaze engulfing the roof, Texas City fire Chief Joseph Gorman said.
Clemon Prevost, 57, a member of the board of trustees at College of the Mainland, said he learned of the fire from his mother’s neighbor and rushed to the scene.
“I asked was my mother all right, and they said, ‘No,’” Prevost said. “That’s all I had to hear.”
Firefighters found Prevost in the center of her private residence, which she previously used as an assisted living facility. Attempts to revive her were unsuccessful.
The cause of the blaze remained under investigation Wednesday, Gorman said.
Susan Prevost moved to Texas City in the 1950s, worked as a beautician and also taught at a cosmetology college in Houston, Clemon Prevost said.
“She was a very nice lady,” Prevost said. “She was a caretaker and ran the Prevost Care Group Home here. She took care of the mentally unstable.”
The house sustained heavy smoke and fire damage. Fire crews from La Marque, San Leon and Dickinson assisted Texas City, Gorman said.