Husband, wife dead in Center-area home fire

SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A husband and wife have died in a house fire northwest of Center Thursday morning.

Sheriff Willis Blackwell said he did not have many details, but said the fire occurred at a single-family trailer off of FM 2026.

D.J. Dickerson, an investigator with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, said the two people killed in the fire were Glen Rasbury, 71, and Susan Rasbury, 51. Fire inspector David Lawrence said Glen Rasbury was on oxygen, and Susan Rasbury had been wheelchair-bound. In the pictures, a handicapped-access ramp can be seen leading up to the home's front door.

The fire completely gutted the mobile home and left it a blackened shell.

A neighbor called the fire in at 5:30 a.m. Blackwell said it is believed the fire had been burning for several hours.

"Once we got there, the house was pretty much gone. A little bit in, we were told there was a possibility of possible victims. Later on at the scene we did discover two victims," said Center Fire Inspector, David Lawerence.

"It was gutted on the inside. The roof was starting to cave in. It Had been burning several hours by the time I got there," said Dickerson.

East Texas News has learned that Susan was in a wheel chair and Glen needed to use O2 tanks to help with breathing. It is believed that they could have been smokers and although a cause has not been determined Lawerence says that caution needs  to be taken when living in such situations.

"If you have O2 in the house, you definitely don't want to smoke," said Lawerence.

An investigator with the State's Fire Marshall office out of Houston arrived on scene around 2 P.M. on Thursday.

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