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House fire in Chapel Hill area claims life of elderly woman

Published: Dec. 17, 2021 at 1:02 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 17, 2021 at 7:38 PM CST
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SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks has confirmed that firefighters found the body of an elderly woman inside a home that burned in the Chapel Hill area of Smith County Friday afternoon.

Brooks said they were working to obtain a search warrant, and getting a justice of the peace to the scene.

The fire happened at a home on Rolling Pines Drive. Firefighters were working on the fire both outside and inside the home.

Brooks said the call came in around 12:33 p.m. Friday. When Brooks and deputies arrived at the scene, flames were visible, showing in the northwest corner of the house.

Crews tried to kick down the door and rescue anyone that might have been inside the home. Crews made it to the bedroom, but they were pushed back by the fire, Brooks said.

Eventually, the fire overran the firefighters. Brooks said fire crews went into what is called a “defensive attack.”

Jackson Heights VFD, Chapel Hill VFD, Whitehouse VFD were on the scene. Oncor has disconnected power to the home.

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