A 71-year-old Texas woman died in her single-family home when an electrical cord with a homemade junction box overheated, starting a fire that spread through the house, consuming hoarded combustibles. The one-story, wood-frame rental house had no smoke alarms or sprinklers.
Firefighters arriving at the scene knocked down the smoke and flames coming from the front door, but were unable to get past the living room due to the large amount of hoarded items blocking their way. Another crew that entered from the rear found her and removed her from a back room through a window. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where she died of smoke inhalation.