GRANITE SHOALS, Texas (KXAN) - An 8-year-old boy died when a mobile home in Granite Shoals burned on Wednesday morning. His 12-year-old brother is in custody and charged with arson.
When the call came in around 10 a.m., Granite Shoals and Marble Falls firefighters, many of them volunteers, rushed to the home, but it was too late. The home was fully engulfed with the boy still inside.
"They did a terrific job, everybody was part of a team," said J.P. Wilson, Granite Shoals police chief. "They did everything they could, unfortunately we did lose one child."
An uncle who lived across the street told KXAN the 12-year-old tried to leave the scene in a family car, but totaled it down the street. The boy was taken into custody and charged with arson.
"It's something you can't believe, a 12-year-old boy doing something like that," the uncle said. "I can't believe it, I'm still in shock about this. I don't know what else to say."
The boys' grandmother was able to escape the flames after a neighbor pulled her from the house. Robert Lemaster spotted the smoke and fire, vaulted two fences and raced into the burning home, where he found the grandmother, her hair singed, coughing smoke.
"I stumbled across her, I picked her up to carry her out," he said. "She mentioned the dogs and babies. She said the kids were in the backroom. When I got her far enough from the house I went back in but it was too hot and smoky. I couldn't get in to help the kids."
The woman was treated by Marble Falls Area EMS and then taken to Seton Highland Lakes Hospital for further treatment. She was later transferred to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio because of her burns. She was in stable condition by Thursday.
CPS opned an investigation into the death of the 8-year old in an effort to rule out any abuse or neglect that could have attributed to the child's death
Wilson extended his "deepest thanks" to Lemaster saying, "The city is deeply grateful to a true hero."
The fire remains under investigation by the Granite Shoals Police Department and the State Fire Marshal's Office.
A fund to help the family was set up at the Anthem Bank & Trust in Granite Shoals.
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