In the early hours of August 24, 2023, the Arlington Fire Department responded to a distress call regarding a kitchen fire at a residence at 706 White Oak Lane bear N Bowen Road. The incident occurred at approximately 3:00 am and led to a tragic outcome.
Upon arrival, crews from Truck 1, Engine 1, and Engine 4 found a one-story residential home with smoke emanating from the front entrance. The situation escalated when it was confirmed that an adult male and a dog were trapped inside, prompting the fire response to be upgraded to a second alarm.
Despite the efforts of the rescue teams, the adult male victim was located inside a bedroom. Crews from Truck 1 and Engine 1 worked diligently to extricate the victim from the structure. Emergency medical care was administered immediately on-site and continued en route to a local medical facility. Regrettably, the victim was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.
The victim was identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner as 51-year-old Steven Roberts.
In addition to the tragic loss of life, the victim's pet dog was also found deceased at the scene. As a precaution, the victim's parents were transported to a local medical facility for assessment and medical attention.
Firefighters successfully extinguished the fire, preventing further damage to the property. However, the cause of the fire remains under investigation, with authorities working to determine its origins.