Pastor's daughter dies after Cedar Hill house fire that also killed parents, sister

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Written by Dana Branham Dana Branham
Published: 01 April 2019 01 April 2019

Cedar Hill, TX - The daughter of a prominent pastor died Monday, about a month after she was hospitalized following a house fire in Cedar Hill that killed her parents and sister.

Police confirmed the death of Darryn Keahey, 17, who was hospitalized after the Feb. 28 fire at her family's home in the 700 block of Lovern Street. 

Her father, Eugene Keahey, 52, her mother, Deanna Wilson-Keahey, 51, and her sister, Camryn Keahey, 15, died in the fire. Officials believe the fire was intentionally set.

A GoFundMe set up for the family after the fire said Darryn had been treated for extensive third-degree burns.

The fire has been investigated as a crime since officials found what they thought were accelerants in the home. 

Police spokesman Lt. Colin Chenault said the investigation is  at somewhat of a "standstill" while investigators wait for results from the Dallas County medical examiner's office and the state fire marshal.

The state fire marshal's office is analyzing evidence to determine where the fire started and whether accelerants were used, Chenault said.

Officials previously have said they do not think an intruder set the fire, and that they were investigating messages Eugene Keahey posted on Facebook before the fire.

Thirty minutes before the fire was reported, Keahey posted a message on Facebook referring to a "difficult time in my life." The post ended with  "Good Night Y'all."

Keahey was the pastor at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Sandbranch, a small community in southeastern Dallas County. He was known for calling attention to the decades-long lack of running water in Sandbranch.

Source: Dallas Morning News