Alto couple dies in Thursday night trailer fire

By Donna McCollum - email

ALTO, Texas (KTRE) - An Alto couple died in a trailer fire Thursday night on Rusk Street.

According to a neighbor, the fire turned deadly when family members broke a window, giving oxygen to the fire which engulfed the home at about 11:30 p.m.

Natalie Buckingham said Charles Edward Griffin, 66, and Gladys Tyler Griffin, 61, were longtime Alto residents.

Gladys Griffin tried to help her husband, who is missing a leg, out of the house but fell in the hallway, where they died, Buckingham said.

Charles Griffin was calling for family members to help him get out of the house when they broke the window to try to help.

Investigators are trying to determine what started the fire.

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