DENTON COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) - A woman was killed in a Denton County house fire Friday afternoon.
Firefighters in Oak Point battled the 2-alarm blaze, in the 10000 block of Woodcrest Lane. Little Elm Fire Chief Joe Florentino explained the area is, "The Knob Hill subdivision... in the Oak Point area. It's unincorporated Denton County."
The Denton County Fire Marshal's office confirmed the single fatality. The female victim died before firefighters could get to her.
From the air, the heat certainly seemed to be a factor with firefighters in full gear. Florentino said, "I wouldn't be surprised if it goes to 3-alarms. We're gonna have to rotate crews quicker than we normally would."
In addition to the Oak Point Fire Department, fire agencies from Aubrey, Krum, Little Elm, Pilot Point, and Lake Cities are providing mutual aid.
The North Texas heat meant there had to be an organized rotation of more than 30 firefighters. One first responder explained, "The hotter it is, the harder the task, the more people we have to have."
Firefighters battled not only the flames that burned the rural Denton County home, but also fought fatigue and exhaustion fueled by excessive heat.
Misti Howell joined a convoy of volunteers re-hydrating firefighters in 100+ degree conditions. "It's a hot day, and we wanted to do what little we could to help. We have water, we brought water," she said.
The plan to cycle firefighters toward rest and recovery areas, ensured the heat of the day didn't add to the casualty count.
No firefighters were injured while battling the flames. The name of the fire victim has not been released.
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