Probe Into Tragic Home Fire Continues

Smith County fire investigators are trying to determine what caused a home to catch fire off Spur 364, outside Tyler Thursday.

The fire destroyed the home of John Tyler's women's varsity basketball Coach Kenneth Bickham. Witnesses at the scene said it took fire units 45 minutes to arrive with units. Smith County dispatch records indicate the first emergency call came in at 2:21 p.m. A Tyler fire unit arrived at the scene about 16 minutes later.

Briarwood Estates is under the jurisdiction of the Dixie Fire Department. Assistant Fire Marshal Oren Hale says he considers 16 minutes an average response time for firefighters traveling that distance.

Smith County fire investigators returned to the scene Friday afternoon to continue their investigation.