Paula Court fire

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner has positively identified one of the victims of a fatal house fire Monday, finding that 27-year-old Amber Donahue died due to smoke inhalation and thermal burns. 

The ruling on the manner of her death was still pending Friday. 

Information on the woman’s 3-year-old son, Kenneth Burdette Jr., also believed to have died in the fire, was not available Friday. 

The bodies of the two were found in the bedroom of the older trailer home after a fire that occurred shortly before 9 a.m. was extinguished.

Donahue’s husband, Kenneth “Kenny” Burdette, arrived home from work after hearing about the fire and was restrained from entering the burning house by neighbors and a firefighter, according to officials. A 7-year-old girl who also lived at the house was at school at the time of the fire. 

The fire, which occurred in the 200 block of Paula Court, was the second fatal fire on the property this year. 

On Aug. 10, the owner of the property, Clyde Leon Lucas, was killed in a house fire next door. The cause of that fire remains undetermined due to the length of time before the early morning fire was called in and the extent of the damage.

Some family members are questioning whether the fires were accidental, noting that who will inherit Lucas’ property is in dispute.

“With the assistance of the Tarrant County Arson Task Force, the physical examination of the fire site at 224 Paula Court has been completed,” Interim Parker County Fire Marshal George Teague said Tuesday. “Several items that may have been associated with the cause of yesterday’s fire have been removed and sent to the proper forensic laboratory for a more detailed examination that was not possible at the scene.

“We continue to interview friends, family and the neighbors to attain a better insight of what might have happened that morning.

“Not until all interviews are completed, the forensic reports are returned and the medical examiner’s examination is complete, along with the toxicology report on the victims, will a final determination of the probable cause be released.”

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