Woman's body found in rubble after Huntington house fire

HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - An early Christmas morning Huntington house fire resulted in the death of an East Texas woman Wednesday. In addition, a man suffered cuts and burns to his hands.

Huntington Police Chief Bobby Epperly said the house fire occurred at a residence on East Pecan about 3 a.m. Wednesday morning. He said the home was fully engulfed in flames when his officer arrived on the scene.

Firefighters from the City of Huntington Fire Department, and several area volunteer fire departments battled the blaze. After the fire was put out, the burned body of a woman was found in the rubble, Epperly said.

Epperly said the body is believed to be that of a woman in her mid-30s. He said an autopsy has been ordered. However, Epperly said he is not going to release the woman's name until they confirm her identity and notify her next of kin.

"There's still some unanswered questions," Epperly said.

The Huntington Police chief said the cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.

The man that was injured in the fire managed to escape the flames with burns to his hands and cuts, Epperly said. He said the man is still undergoing treatment at a Lufkin hospital.

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