The remains of three women have been recovered from a burned out house in Ft. Bend County, Texas.
Several fire departments battled the fire for hours Thursday in the small town of Orchard.
Investigators quickly recovered two of the bodies, but it took longer to find the third because of the amount of water and damage. The women were ages 55, 80 and 90.
On Thursday night, the Pilgrim Journey Baptist Church held a prayer service in memory of the three women.
The three women's family all attended the church in Richmond. Two were of the women were considered "founding mothers" of the church.
“Although it's a sad day for us, there's nothing better for us to do than to come together and share together the loss as a church family," said Rev. Robert Simpson.
He identified the three victims as Dorothy Carrington, Goldie Wells and Joyce Carrington.
Rev. Simpson said Carrington got her three nieces and nephews out of the burning house and then went back inside to rescue her mother and aunt, who were both confined to wheelchairs.
Rev. Simpson said, "We got word that she actually went back in to help her mother and her aunt get out, and that is when she never came out as well."
Their relative, Dorothy Kirk,said, "We just thank God for the time and the season that they were in our lives. We mourn their passing, but we know that God does not make any mistakes and He is who He is. And He does what He wants to do when He wants to do them. We loved them, But he loved them more."
The Ft. Bend County Fire Marshal will determine the cause.