Woman dies in house fire; family shares photos of her in memory

When crews got there, the battalion chief said they found the fire near the back of the home.

SAN ANTONIO — One person is dead after a fire tore through a west-side home, the San Antonio Fire Department said.

The fire broke out before 2 a.m. on Friday on Mansfield near Potranco Road.

The victim has since been identified as 75-year-old Joyce Talkington. Her family shared photos of her, saying she traveled the world as the child of a diplomat and then again as the wife of a military man.

There was smoke inside the home for hours, and it was the neighbors who called for help. They noticed the smoke coming from the back of the home.

When crews got there, the battalion chief said they found the fire near the back. Crews ran into some challenges trying to put the fire out as the home was crowded with personal property. Her cause of death is still pending, but fire officials believe she may have been overcome by smoke before the fire was discovered.

Fire officials have life-saving tips on the department’s website here.

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