Buda woman dies in house fire

Authorities are still investigating the cause of an early-morning fire that swept through a home on Overlook Mountain Road in Buda on May 15. Buda Fire Chief said 48-year-old Janie Zapata was found unresponsive inside, and was pronounced dead at Ascension Seton hospital in Kyle.

Authorities are still investigating the origin of a fire that tore through a suburban Buda home on May 15, killing a woman identified as 48-year-old Janie Zapata.

The Buda Fire Department and EMS responded around 6:20 a.m. to the fire in the 400 block of Overlook Mountain West. Arriving fire crews found the home fully engulfed with flames and smoke visible from all sides and the roof, according to a press release.

Fire Chief Clay Huckaby said Zapata was found unresponsive during an interior search. “She was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased,” Huckaby said.

The fire was contained at approximately 8:30 a.m. with assistance from Kyle and Manchaca firefighters.

The origin of the fire is being investigated by the Hays County Fire Marshal’s office in conjunction with the BFD.

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