Autopsy Will Confirm ID Of Woman Found After Suspicious Fire

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WHITNEY (August 7, 2014) The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office will use dental records to confirm the identity of an elderly Whitney Texas woman whose badly burned body was found in the rubble of her house after a fire in which arson is suspected, a Hill County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Thursday.

The sheriff’s arson investigator was still collecting evidence at the fire scene Thursday looking for evidence of accelerants, the spokesman said.

The 80-year-old woman was found dead Wednesday after fire raced through the house she shared with another woman in Whitney.

Firefighters combed through the still-smoldering debris in an effort to find the missing woman after extinguishing the flames.

They found her body in the rear of the house, authorities said.

The second woman escaped after the fire broke out at around 9 a.m. Wednesday morning in the house at 113 2nd Street in Whitney.

She told firefighters the other woman was unable to get out.

The fire destroyed the single-story home.

Firefighters from Whitney, White Bluff and Lakeview responded to the fire.