COLLEYVILLE-Seventeen-year-old Tylar Batchelor was trapped upstairs in her brother’s Colleyville home.
Fire crews responded to a 911 call at 1 a.m Tuesday, finding the two story home fully engulfed in sky-high flames.
“Somebody was ringing the doorbell and I got up and answered it and he said the house is on fire will you call 911, so that’s what we did. The whole front porch and all that was completely engulfed in flames right then,” said neighbor Donnie Penwell.
Tylar’s family and neighbors did all they could to help the trapped teen, braving the heat and running water hoses up into the windows until fire crews arrived, but it was too late.
According to YouCaring, a fundraising page set up by the Batchelor family, Tylar was staying with her big brother. He and his wife and baby made it out of the home safely but the staircase leading to Tylar’s room was overtaken with flames.
“The one boy said, ‘My sister was upstairs sleeping’ and that’s all he would say,” said Penwell.
Firefighters from five neighboring cities battled the blaze but the entire home was consumed in just 20 minutes. Investigators are calling it a total loss.
Tylar’s family says the teen had no insurance and are asking for help for her memorial service.
The Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of this deadly blaze.