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Smith County Investigating a Fatality Fire

UPDATE, AUGUST 13, 2019:

Smith County officials released the name of the man who died in a house fire on Monday.

Donald Glenn Cooper, 49, of Tyler, was pronounced dead at a Tyler hospital after he was injured in a house fire Monday morning in the 13800 block of County Road 220, near Chapel Hill.

“At this time, the investigation into the death of Mr. Cooper and the origin and cause of the fire is still ongoing,” Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks said. 

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office and the Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office are conducting concurrent investigations, both of which are still active. 

“Because these are active investigations no further information will be released at this time,” Brooks said.     


AUGUST 12, 2019:

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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