Edith Ostrander Killed in Fire Accident in Hockley County, TX
Hockley County, TX -- December 14, 2022, Edith Ostrander was killed following an accident where a house caught fire.
Investigators said that the crash took place early Wednesday morning along Fox Road near Fm 168.
Emergency personnel were called to the area due to a house catching fire. They were eventually able to locate 75-yea-rold Edith Ostrander, who they said succumbed to smoke inhalation. No others were said to be involved.
Officials have not confirmed a cause for the fire but say there may have been "eletrical issues." This remains under investigation.
Commentary on Edith Ostrander Fire Accident in Hockley County
The mention of potential electrical issues could be a perfect example of why I so often warn people not to jump to conclusions in these situations. What was the nature of these issues? Were appliances installed improperly? Did recent electrical work do something cause this or otherwise fail to address existing issues? Is this a rental property the landlord kept in poor condition? It's likely a lot more complex than someone just leaving a candle near a curtain. There could be a lot more complex issues surrounding this tragedy that the victim's loved ones deserve to hear.