WASHINGTON, OK — A 19-year-old woman who died Sunday in a house fire in Murray County was a lifelong Washington resident who loved horses and cheerleading, her father said Wednesday.
Kylie Andrews was one of two people who died in an electrical fire at a rental home between Joy and Wynnewood. Jess Horstman, 19, of Elmore City, also died in the fire.
Five people were asleep in the home when the fire broke out about 6 a.m. The other three made it out safely.
Kylie Andrews' father, Brent Andrews, said his daughter was at the home for a get-together with friends.
Kylie Andrews graduated from Washington High School in 2011 and was attending Oklahoma City Community College.
“She talked one time to me about wanting to be a veterinarian,” Brent Andrews said. “She loved horses and anything to do with animals.”
Brent Andrews said his mother always had horses on the farm, and Kylie was never happier than when she was riding.
“Cheerleading was another one of her favorite hobbies,” he said. “She was a cheerleader all through school. She did it competitively.”
Authorities have said Kylie Andrews apparently was trying to wake Horstman, and the pair were unable to make it out of the home before they were overcome by smoke and flames.
Brent Andrews said he is waiting to get more information about what happened from sheriff's deputies, who said it could take a week or more to finish investigating the incident. Faulty wiring was blamed as the cause of the fire.
Friends and family will mourn Andrews at her funeral at 2 p.m. Thursday at Goldsby Baptist Church.
“She was fun, witty. She never met a stranger,” Brent Andrews said. “She had a big smile. I think she was just born that way. I never did see her really down. She was always happy and laughing.”