SHERMAN, TX -- We’re often warned of the dangers of space heaters. Many use them to keep warm during these cold nights, but for one Sherman family, a warm night turned deadly.
"What I saw was all the flashing lights for one, and basically these guys working hard to get this thing out."
Daron Holland describes what he woke up to early Friday morning-- his neighbor’s home fully-engulfed.
"I wasn't really sure what was burning, and then she told me she thought it was Mr. Escoe’s house."
Craig Escoe and his wife have lived in the 900 block of South Bryant Avenue for years. In fact, you may remember Escoe from an ongoing battle back in 2006 with the City of Sherman over ordinances including an over abundance of vehicles, animals and debris on the property.
"It's a bad deal, he has himself pretty much where all the fencing and stuff where they can't get to him and that’s what we've been afraid of for a long time, something like that would happen, this is what we're faced with now."
A space heater in the back bedroom caught fire, quickly spreading through the home, trapping Craig Escoe inside where crews later found him dead.
"First crews arrived on scene about five minutes later, found this single family dwelling, fully engulfed."
Escoe's wife, did make it out safely but suffered serious burns to her face.
"She was transported by Sherman to a local hospital where she is being treated. As I understand may be transferred to Parkland."
Sherman Fire Chief J.J. Jones says natural gases inside the home caused an explosion, making conditions unsafe for firefighters to enter, thus unable to save Escoe.