The Amarillo Fire Department was called out last night to a house fire.
The home was located near 34th and Hancock. Once on the scene the Amarillo Fire Department found fire from the roof and in the main living area of the house. They were able to gain entry by the front door, where they found a victim. They were able to move the victim out of the house where the AMS took over life saving measures.
Firefighters tried to re-enter the house, but due to the fire conditions in the attic the AFD were forced out of the house. They were able to cut a hole through the garage and worked on extinguishing the fire. They were also able to use the extension ladder to the roof to extinguish the fire in the attic.
The victim, 84-year-old female, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Fire Marshall's office has ruled the cause of this fire as undetermined.
Although the AFD and AMS did all they could to save the life of this woman and her home. This is a reminder to myself and hopefully to you, to check on your elderly neighbors. If you don't know them, it's now a good time to get to know them. Even though they may have family to look after them, they aren't always going to be around in times of emergent need. By befriending you elderly neighbors, you are another watchful eye, when something like this tragedy happens.
I would hope that any of us would step up and step in to help, when something like this occurs.
Amarillo Murders in 2021
With an official tally of 27 murders, the year 2021 saw the highest number of homicides in Amarillo since 1994.
Below is a closer look at the year's criminal acts that resulted in life lost.
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We wish to stress that all individuals charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
***Not pictured: Edward Matthew Gamez
The Abandoned St. Anthony's Hospital on Amarillo Boulevard
The 119-year-old abandoned hospital is a fascinating place for any who are lucky enough to be granted the chance to explore.
The sprawling building saw thousands of Amarillo's citizens inside its halls daily, all the the way until it was shuttered in 2001. But there are still incredible artifacts of the all-too-recent past tucked away in the nooks and crannies of the old St. Anthony.
The explorer who took these photographs gave the following information:
"Many rooms were left untouched, we found patient files, old prescriptions, a blood transfusion machine from the 60s, and microscopic slides of breast cancer from the 70s and 80s. I put one picture in here of some heart scans so you can see the dates and diagnosis of the patient, but marked out the patient’s names of course. During a time when mental illness was not understood, 76 exorcisms were documented to have been performed between 1909 and 1931."
Take a look inside the halls of the legendary abandoned St. Anthony's hospital