Teenager Killed in Colleyville House Fire Identified

Firefighters said when they arrived at the two-story house in the 3500 block of Blue Quail Lane just after 1 a.m., the home was engulfed in flames

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    Fire investigators say they located the body of a teenage girl who was unaccounted for after an overnight house fire in Colleyville. Neighbors say the fire moved quickly through the home.

    The Colleyville Fire Department said fire investigators found the body of a teenager who was unaccounted for after a house fire on the 3500 block of Blue Quail Lane early Tuesday morning.

    The victim has been identified as 17-year-old Tylar Batchelor.

    Body of Teenager Found in Burned Colleyville Home

    [DFW] Body of Teenager Found in Burned Colleyville Home
    Fire investigators say they located the body of a teenage girl who was unaccounted for after an overnight house fire in Colleyville. Neighbors say the fire moved quickly through the home.

    Neighbors said a woman lived at the home with her husband and child, as well as her sister-in-law and a male friend, and that after spotting the flames they saw four people run from the home.

    "I asked if anyone was still in the house. He said my 17-year-old sister is still in the house. He said she was trapped in the backroom," said neighbor Tracy Gleaon. "I ran down the street, but the windows were popping and bursting, and flames were shooting out of the roof by then."

    Gleason said neighbors tried to use water hoses to battle the blaze until firefighters arrived.

    "Other neighbors had a hose to the window where we thought she might be, but the flames were  sky high," she said. "Windows popped within minutes. It was very intense."

    The fire marshal told NBC 5 Batchelor's body was found inside a bathroom of the home at around 10 a.m.

    The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office confirmed that Batchelor died of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning.

    Firefighters said the home burned in 20 minutes and is a total loss. Witnesses said the fire started downstairs, possibly in the kitchen.

    Colleyville Fire Marshal Robert McKeowan said investigators would be at the scene all day trying to determine how the fire started.

    Firefighters from Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Hurst, Keller and Southlake responded to the fire at the two-story home.

    NBC 5's Jeff Smith and Johnny Archer contributed to this report.