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One person dead following fire Friday night

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Released by the Wood County Sheriff's Office:

At 10:51 PM on Friday, 12-13-2013 the Wood County Sheriff's Office received notification of a structure fire at 6486 FM 779, Alba, Texas.

Sheriff's Office personnel, EMS, and multiple Volunteer Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival and while in the process of fighting the blaze the firefighters discovered a deceased person in the burning home.

The decedent has been identified as Barbara Benthul Taylor, Age 73, of the same address. The next of kin has been notified.

Justice of the Peace Wes Criddle made the pronouncement on the scene and an autopsy was ordered.

The Wood County Sheriff's Office is in the process of conducting an investigation into the death and the cause of the fire in conjunction with the State Fire Marshal's Office.

The Sheriff appreciates and commends the professional assistance of the Volunteer Firefighters that responded to the fire.

Additional information will be released when it becomes both available and appropriate.

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