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State fire marshal investigating Jasper fire

Updated: Wednesday, August 20 2014, 04:48 PM CDT
JASPER - By Steve Stewart/KJAS and Rayburn Broadcasting Company

Jasper Fire Marshal Mike Collier said late Monday that an investigator with a K-9 from the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office is expected to arrive in Jasper this week to comb through the burned out remains of a home that was destroyed in a weekend blaze.

The fire broke out shortly before 9:00 on Sunday evening, completely destroying the home located at 902 Fred Street, here in Jasper.

Jasper firefighters arrived at the scene to find flames coming from both the front and rear of the one story wood frame.

Neighbors said the house, which was owned by Dent Mays, had been vacant for some time. However, Tyrone Teal, of Jasper, said that he had just rented the home and had begun to move his clothing and other items in.

Ironically, it was the second time in less than a year that Teal had lost a home to fire. In December of 2013, his home in the 1100 block of South Bowie Street was also completely destroyed. In that case, Collier said that arson was strongly suspected. However, no suspect was ever identified or arrested.
State fire marshal investigating Jasper fire


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