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Female victim of downtown Palestine fire identified

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Firefighters work the scene of the September 28 fire in downtown Palestine. Firefighters work the scene of the September 28 fire in downtown Palestine.
PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - According to Palestine city officials, 32-year-old Hope Leaane Pyle of Palestine, also known as Hope Clark, has been identified as the female victim of a September 28 fire in the downtown area.

The medical examiner was able to use dental records to positively identify Pyle as one of two victims killed in the blaze. DNA records will be used to identify the second fire victim, a male, and investigators say the process could take 30 days or more.

The City of Palestine and other agencies continue to investigate what caused the early morning blaze at 119 E. Oak Street. Firefighters from all over Anderson County battled the blaze for hours before it was extinguished.

With the help of search dogs later that day, firefighters pulled the bodies of 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.

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