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One Palestine fire victim to be identified Wednesday

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File: Sept. 28, 2013 File: Sept. 28, 2013
PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - Authorities are expected Wednesday to release the identity of one of two victims killed more than two weeks ago in a massive blaze in Palestine.

The Palestine Fire Department has said the bodies of a man and woman were pulled from the rubble of the fire that started in the 100 block of East Oak Street around midnight on September 28.

Palestine officials had originally said they were going to release the autopsy results for the two victims on October 8 or 9, but the results were delayed.

Officials say that they can identify the first victim Wednesday because of dental records, but the identify of the second victim can only be identified through a DNA test. It could take up to a month to get the DNA test results back for the second victim.

Firefighters from all over Anderson County battled the blaze for hours in the early morning of September 28 before it was extinguished.

With the help of search dogs later that day, firefighters pulled the bodies of the two people from the rubble - 15 hours after the fire started in downtown Palestine.

Two others managed to escape the fire before the three story building collapsed on itself.

The four people inside were in an upstairs apartment. The downstairs space served as a thrift store.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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