One dead after Smith County structure fire

One dead after Smith County structure fire

SMITH COUNTY, TEXAS (KLTV) - One person is dead following a structure fire in Smith County.

Fire units and EMS were on scene of a structure fire in the 13800 block of County Road 220. The Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office was on scene investigating.

“It’s a shock; it takes a while to take in at first you see all these cars they’re all up and down throughout here, you know?” said Connie Cooper, a neighbor.

Cooper watched the scene unfold from her front porch next door.

“I had been working and cleaning up the yard and the lady that’s been living with him. or has been there, she came around here and she said ‘Ma’am can you help me?’” Cooper recalled.

With the fire department close by, Fire Marshal Jay Brooks said firefighters were on-scene shortly after first receiving the call.

“They were here quickly, they made entry and they found one individual inside," Brooks said. "He was unresponsive when they located him, they tried CPR, they transported him to the hospital.”

Two people were taken to the hospital from the scene. A man was later pronounced dead, according to Brooks. The victim’s name is being held pending family notification.

Investigators will now focus on finding why led up to the fire.

“I understand he did have some medical conditions, but at this point I can’t comment. I don’t know that to be fact,” Brooks explained.

The county released a statement Monday afternoon about the investigation:

Smith County officials are investigating a house fire that left one person dead on Monday, August 12.

Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks said they received the call at 10:45 a.m. that there was a fire at a single-story residence in the 13800 block of County Road 220, near Chapel Hill.

Volunteer Fire Departments from Chapel Hill, Whitehouse, Jackson Heights and Arp, as well as the Fire Marshal’s Office, the City of Whitehouse and members of the Emergency Services District 2, responded.

Two people were transported to a local hospital and one was pronounced dead at the hospital. Justice of the Peace Mitch Shamburger is conducting the inquest. The identity of the deceased is not being released at this time, pending notification of next of kin.

The surviving victim’s injuries were not related to the fire, Brooks said.

The Fire Marshal’s Office, with the assistance of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, is investigating the cause of the fire.

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