POSTED: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 11:24am
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 1:54pm
Palestine, Texas (KETK) — The body of a victim from a late September Palestine fire has been identified.
Officials tell KETK, the body has been confirmed to be that of Hope Leann Pyle, nicknamed Hope Clark, 32, from Palestine.
On September 28, two people were found dead after a building and apartments went up in flames.
It happened just after midnight in the 110 block of East Oak Avenue in downtown Palestine.
Palestine Police dispatch received a report of a fire at that location. Palestine Fire Department were called to the scene. Upon arrival, fire fighters encountered heavy smoke and fire conditions in the back of the building.
Within minutes of being on scene, the structure had multiple collapses.A defensive strategy was used to protect exposures and fire personnel on scene.
Unfortunately, the building was a total loss, but the fire was contained to that building and the surrounding structures only sustained minimal damage from heat exposure.
Two firefighters suffered from heat related injuries and received treatment at the scene.
Four people were inside the building at the time of the fire, two of which were able to make it out.
Crews found the body of the missing two while cleaning up debris. The State Fire Marshal has been conducting the investigation into the fire.
Ms. Clark worked for Family Gardens and her funeral services were held October 5 at a Palestine church.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Judy Ann Moore; grandmother, Ruby Neil Myers; and aunt, Rosie Nell Moore.
She is survived by her children, Sidney Clark, Alex Pyle, Gary Pyle and Caleb Smith; brother, Eddie Clark and wife Stacey Clark of Palestine; sisters, Heather Mendez and husband Juan Mendez of Grapevine, and Kimberly Lynn of Palestine. She also is survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Palestine officials tell KETK, at this time, no determination has been made on how or where the fire started.
The identity of the second casualty has not yet been released.