Neighbors reported that the fire started shortly before 8 AM in the 4000 Block of County Road 376 in Smith County. The house was fully engulfed when Chapel Hill Fire Department arrived.
The Smith County Fire Marshal said the house did not have electricity. They believe the owner has been in jail on an unrelated incident but his girlfriend has been sneaking in and out of the house. They believe the fire started around the wood burning heater.
The investigation is ongoing.