Fire Claims Life of Butler Woman / Apology To Family

A NIGHT TIME FIRE leaves a woman dead and a home burnt to the ground last Tuesday, March 11th near Butler. The Butler Fire Department was called out at approximately 9:00 a.m. but only to put out hot spots as the home was totally destroyed. The Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Rangers, and the State Fire Marshall were on the scene to begin the investigation, which is ongoing at this time.

A Butler woman, said to be in her mid 50?s perished when a fire broke out in her doublewide mobile home sometime during the night of Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

According to the Freestone County Sheriff?s Office the body of Donna McKinney was found in the still burning ashes of the completely destroyed home by Ms. McKinney?s estranged husband, who was living in Tucker, Texas. According to the report, Ms. McKinney?s husband was trying to text her and receiving no reply had become concerned. He traveled to Butler to find out why she wasn?t answering him and found the home already burnt to the ground.

The call came in to the Sheriff?s Office of the tragedy at approximately 9:00 a.m. from Ms. McKinney?s husband. The State Fire Marshall, the Texas Rangers and the Freestone County Sheriff?s Office arrived shortly after receiving the call and began the ongoing investigation.

The Butler Fire Department was called out to put out some hot spots that were still burning and Fire Chief Bruce Crawford, Assistant Fire Chief Hollis Daniels, and Captain Kirk were present.


By Steve Massey

The Teague Chronicle expresses a sincere apology to the late Donna McKinney and her family members for a sentence in last week?s story regarding a house fire that claimed the life of Ms. McKinney. The loss of life is a terrible thing for any family to go through especially when loved ones are taken from us so quickly. Then to have something inappropriate said about the loved one without the chance to defend them, the pain inside grows deeper.

I did not know Ms. McKinney, nor did I write the story. But after speaking with her family members several times, I can feel their pain and anger over their loss. The sentence left a bad impression of Ms. McKinney and simply should have not been included in the story. Our heartfelt apologies are expressed again. You are in our prayers.

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