Woman, 76, killed in Brownsville house fire

A view of 575 Windwood Way Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Brownsville, where a fire broke out yesterday leaving a 76-year-old woman dead. (Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald)

A 76-year-old woman was killed in a house fire in Brownsville on Sunday less than two weeks after a separate blaze cost another family their home.

Brownsville Fire Department Chief Deputy Rick Najera said Monday that there are not a lot of details yet and that Sunday’s house fire is still under investigation. He did confirm, however, that a 76-year-old woman perished in the fire.

Brownsville police investigator Martin Sandoval identified the woman as Cania Maria Flores, whose body was found inside the home. Sandoval said she was the only inhabitant at the time.

Sandoval, who also serves as police spokesman, said the cause of death has not yet been determined and that the fire department would investigate the cause of death and source of the blaze.

According to Najera, firefighters were called to a house fire at 575 Windwood Way in Brownsville at 1:45 p.m. Crews were able to clear the scene by 4:13 p.m.

Although the duration of the fire was unclear, Najera did say the first crew to leave the scene left at 2:30 p.m. and said they managed to save the house from being completely burned down.

The fire appeared to originate in the living room, according to the chief deputy.

In a separate incident Thursday, Nov. 10, Brownsville residents Mario Flores and his wife Cynthia Hernandez lost their home and two beloved dogs to a fire.

Their house, located at 434 Valle Verde Drive, was a total loss with only a charred structure left in the wake of the blaze.