A Dallas-area pastor has been identified as one of the people who died Thursday in a Cedar Hill house fire that officials believed was intentionally set and that killed two other people and left another hospitalized.
Eugene Keahey, 52, died in the home, along with his wife, Deanna Wilson-Keahey, 51, and one of their daughters, friends told The Dallas Morning News on Friday.
Neither the Dallas County medical examiner’s office or Cedar Hill police had officially identified the victims late Friday.
Police arrived at the home in the 700 block of Lovern Street about 4:30 a.m. Thursday, shortly after the fire broke out, and quickly rescued two people from a second-story window. The three died at the scene, officials said.
The victim who was hospitalized was one of the couple’s other daughters, friends told The News.
The state fire marshal’s office is helping police determine the cause of the fire, KDFW-TV (Channel 4) reported. The investigation also shifted into a criminal inquiry, officials said Thursday.
Eugene Keahey was pastor at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Sandbranch, a small unincorporated community in southeastern Dallas County. In 2016, as national attention grew on the water crisis in Flint, Mich., Keahey helped bring attention to the plight in Sandbranch, where the community had gone decades without running water.
SOURCE: LaVendrick Smith
Dallas Morning News