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Remains found as crews battle Cherokee County house fire

Remains found as crews battle Cherokee County house fire
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POSTED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 4:02pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 4:05pm

Fire crews in Cherokee County have discovered remains of a person following a house fire in Jacksonville.

On Wednesday, at around 7:45 am, Cherokee County 911 operators began receiving calls from several neighbors and passersby about a house fire on County Road 3306 in the Churchill Community West of Jacksonville.

Earl’s Chapel VFD, North Cherokee VFD and ETMC EMS responded to the scene along with Cherokee County deputies.  When crews arrived on the scene, smoke and flames were seen coming from the southwest corner of the house, which was later determined to be a bedroom, and were quickly beginning to spread.

As firefighters were able to gain control of the blaze, they found the remains of a person in the doorway of the bedroom where the fire is believed to have started.

Initial investigation appears to point to two heaters in the bedroom, a wood burning stove and a gas heater, as the possible origin of the fire, but the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation by Cherokee County constables.

The body was sent to Dallas for autopsy. 

After interviewing witnesses and those believed to be family members of the victim, no foul play is suspected at this time.

The name of the person found has not yet been released.

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