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Beeville Police Investigate Weekend Fire that Claimed One Life

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BEEVILLE (Kiii News) -

Beeville police are investigating a house fire that occurred over the weekend and left one woman dead.

That woman's family is devastated, and many questions still remain. There are many rumors spreading around the community, but as of right now, the woman's cause of death and the cause of the fire are still unknown.

"We are leaving no stone unturned," Beeville Police Chief Joe Trevino said. "We will investigate it as it was a homicide until we find out otherwise."

It was Saturday afternoon when emergency crews found 65-year old Dorothy Pillow dead inside her home on the 700 block of North Jefferson in Beeville.

On Monday, Pillow's sister, sister-in-law, daughter and niece gathered to support each other as they try to come to grips with their devastating loss. They showed a makeshift memorial at the home, where people brought flowers and notes.

"The following morning, somebody had left the hands sitting there, and they brought notes," said Melissa Durment, Pillow's daughter. "This is from her neighbor across the street that actually tried to get into the house to get her out, and they pulled her away. And these are from her caregiver, Rosie."

"It says, 'We all love and miss you. Rest in peace, Nicole and kids. Goodbye Mimi,'" said Karen Kroll, Pillow's sister. "And these were people that weren't really her grandkids. They were friends. That's how she touched everybody."

Family members said Pillow loved to garden, so they are considering cremating her and placing her ashes inside of planters filled with roses from her garden. As for the fire, police believe it started in the back of the house, in the bedroom.

Detective are working with the State Fire Marshals Office to determine the cause of the fire, and they are awaiting the results of an autopsy being performed by the Nueces County Medical Examiner's Office.

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