Search Continues for Fire Victim
by: Bill Stamps, January 4, 2011 4:01:00 pm
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Fire investigators were back at the scene of a deadly house fire in the Heights. The remains of one person have been found but another person is still missing. Bill Stamps has the latest.
Using a large backhoe, a fire crew painstakingly removed piles of burnt wood to see what lay underneath. People who live in the area say an elderly woman lived in the large, million dollar home along with her caretaker. The remains of one person has been found but officials are not saying who they belong to until an autopsy has been performed. HFD spokesman Patrick Trahan says the search for a second body continues.
The Heights 'Doll House' before the 3-alarm fire
"Inspectors and arson investigators were out at the scene today carefully going through the debris there trying to find any signs of that missing person. They did also bring out a cadaver dog to help out in the search. So far they have not been able to gain any information yet on the whereabouts of the second person who is unaccounted for."
Crews pull up debris with the backhoe and call the dogs whenever they spot something they felt needed to be checked out. It’s been nearly two days and investigators continue to come up empty. I asked Trahan if it’s possible the second person was not in the house.
"We have spoken with family members we have no reason to believe that that person was not in the house. It’s taking long because of the nature of the event itself and so it would take some time to find that individual."
Meantime, fire investigators are also looking into the cause of another deadly house fire. This one erupted early in the morning in Kingwood. The body of a female was found inside.