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One dead in house fire

April 19, 2012

This home in the 600 block of N.W. Fifth Street was the scene of a fire that broke out shortly after midnight today. One person was killed in the blaze. (HERALD photo/Steve Reagan)

A structure fire during the early morning hours today in the 600 block of N.W. Fifth Street claimed the life of an unidentified person. Law enforcement official are working to establish the cause of death and identity of the victim.

According to Big Spring Fire Marshall Carl Condray, the victim — believed to be an adult male — was discovered inside the home, located at 603 N.W. Fifth St., just minutes after firefighters arrived on the scene.

“The house was fully involved,” Condray said. “There were high winds coming out of the south and the order was given to evacuate the home located across the street as a precaution. Approximately 10 minutes after arriving on the scene, firefighters discovered the victim in a second room that was fully involved.

“The victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire by Justice of the Peace Kathryn Wiseman. The home where the fire occurred is a single occupant home, but we haven't been able to establish the identity of the occupant at this time.”

Condray said the fire is currently under investigation, but all evidence at this time points to an accidental ignition.

“It appears the fire started accidentally, most likely from smoking material,” Condray said. “No other homes in the area were damaged as a result of the fire and no firefighters were injured while fighting the fire. The guys really did a tremendous job. The home was fully involved when they got here, and, even after all of that, it's still standing. They did a good job.”

According to Wiseman, the victim's body is being transported to South Plains Forensic Pathology in Lubbock for autopsy.

“They will try to establish identity, along with cause of death,” Wiseman said.

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