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Fire victim remembered as kind, energetic


May 5, 2010 at 12:05 a.m.

Firemen stand outside the home on Fern Street, which was the site of a house fire that began at about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.  Julia Kainer, a long time resident of the neighborhood, died  in the early morning fire.

A 91-year-old woman died in a house fire at 902 Fern Lane early Wednesday morning.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 4:31 a.m. When they arrived, the front of the home was engulfed in flames.

"There were flames shooting through the roof," said Mark Flathouse, fire investigator with the Victoria Fire Department.

The fire, which began in a front room across from the victim's, was contained mostly to the front of the house, Flathouse said. It is being investigated as an accidental fire. The exact cause is unknown.

Firefighters found the victim, Julia Kainer, in her bedroom and pulled her from the house through a window.

She was taken to DeTar Hospital Navarro.

She was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Stuart Posey. Although the cause of death is not final, Posey said the death was "a result of the fire."

Family members said they believe smoke and carbon monoxide inhalation was what caused the death.

Family members remembered Kainer as kind and energetic.

"She was the sweetest mother-in-law you could ever have," said Kainer's daughter-in-law Paula Kainer. "You couldn't slow her down until the last few months."

Julia Kainer, a widow who lived by herself, would have been 92 this month. Wednesday would have been her wedding anniversary.

She had three sons, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

"She's going to be missed, definitely," Paula Kainer said.

Julia Kainer made crocheted bookmarks for each of her six grandchildren and loved to make strudel as the grandchildren watched, the family said.

Neighbors said Julia Kainer was very social and would often give candy to neighborhood children.

"Everybody on this street kind of looked out for her," said Deon Scott, a next-door neighbor. "She was like a grandma to us all."



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