Deadly Andrews fire "probably accidental," authorities say

Deadly Andrews fire "probably accidental," authorities say

ANDREWS, TX (KWES) - A mobile home fire that broke out Tuesday afternoon in the 1100 block of NE 5th Street and took the life of a 43-year-old woman does not appear to be an act of arson, authorities revealed Wednesday.

However, the cause of the "fast-burning" blaze remained unclear following a day-long investigation, according to Andrews Police.

"It's still very early and there's a lot the State Fire Marshal's [office] needs to look at," said Andrews Police Chief Bud Jones. "Arson is one of the most difficult crimes to prove... because the evidence is destroyed."

Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's office were dispatched to the scene Tuesday afternoon and spent more than three hours examining the destroyed mobile home.

The victim was identified as Danielle Goodreau, a 43-year-old woman from San Antonio, police confirmed.

Friends revealed she moved to Andrews about month ago, and had been living in the NE 5th Street home with her daughter and son-in-law.

The two were reportedly at work when the fire broke out Tuesday around 12 p.m.

Two sheriff's deputies and a nearby civilian managed to enter the burning home and extricate Goodreau, according to authorities.

"It was a major fire," Jones said. "[Goodreau] had some serious, serious injuries... [She sustained] burns and probably had smoke inhalation."

She was rushed to a local emergency room and promptly prepared for transport to a Lubbock hospital, he said.

Goodreau's condition deteriorated en route, according to Jones, and she was pronounced dead in Brownfield, approximately 40 miles southwest of Lubbock.

Authorities have yet to release her official cause of death.

Officials in Brownfield were tasked with calling Goodreau's family to notify them of her death.

"Making those calls never gets easier," Jones said. "I've had to do it too many times over these last 36 years and you never get used to doing it."