Sunset fire victims not identified

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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The victims in last Thursday’s fire in Sunset have not yet been identified – and may not be for a few months.

Investigators recovered the bodies of a male and female from the debris of a travel trailer that burned in the 400 block of County Road 1695.

Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said that the remains will be sent for DNA testing at the Dallas County Medical Examiner. It could take two to three months to receive the results.

However, an autopsy report received earlier this week ruled smoke inhalation and thermal burns as the cause of death.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined – and may not be.

“We have a lot of different possibilities, but with no one to answer the questions, we’ve hit a wall,” Beard said. “We can do what we can to eliminate the possibilities, but it’s likely this case will stay undetermined.”

Beard declined to specify what possible causes may have been eliminated.

The fire, which was reported before 1 a.m. Thursday, started in a an 18-foot travel trailer, where the bodies were found. It spread to a single-wide mobile home parked four-and-a-half feet away, and its occupant, Jerry Haire, escaped without serious injury.

The female who died is believed to be Haire’s caretaker, who lived in the travel trailer.

The male who died is believed to be a friend of hers.

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