HOOVER’S VALLEY — A woman died July 10 in a residential fire in which dispatchers received a medical pendant notification prior to a neighbor’s call about the house engulfed in flames.
The occupant of the home — believed to be 96-year-old Hazel Etter — died in the blaze, according to the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities say she lived alone but was under the care of a home hospice service.
According to the report, crews responded to the house fire about 11 a.m. that day in the 700 block of Clen Oak Parkway in Hoover’s Valley.
“The initial call was received from an alarm company reporting an individual had activated their emergency pendant and as requesting help for a fire,” the news release stated. “Moments later, a nearby resident reported a house on fire on the same street.”
Fire personnel arrived to find the home “fully engulfed” in flames.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by Burnet County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Calvin Boyd.
Etter’s body was taken to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
The state fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the blaze.