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JP's office releases name of 93-year-old woman killed in Lufkin house fire

Lawasa Thomas (Source: Lufkin Police Department) Lawasa Thomas (Source: Lufkin Police Department)
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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

An Angelina County justice of the peace office has released the inquest form with the name of the 93-year-old woman that died as a result of a fire that occurred at a home in the 3500 block of S. Chestnut Street early Wednesday morning.

In the inquest form, Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Billy Ball requested that an autopsy be performed on the body. The deceased woman was identified as Lawasa Owen Thomas. 

The inquest form states that Thomas was found in a bedroom in the home and that no other information is available at this time.

According to a previous East Texas News story, Lufkin fire officials said no foul play is suspected in regard to the cause of the fire.

Lufkin Fire Department crews responded to the blaze at about 4:12 a.m. Wednesday. The home was located near the intersection of South Chestnut Street and Parkman Street, and it was fully engulfed in flames when Lufkin Police officers arrived on the scene.

Lufkin Fire Marshal Keith Cole said they believe the fire started in a bedroom in the midway area of the house.

"We've been investigating there," Cole said. "You can tell the fire started there."

Lufkin Police Criminal Investigations Division detectives were also called to the fire. Cole said that is standard when there is a fatality.

Thomas went missing on Oct. 5, 2016, and was found safe and sound later that day, according to a previous East Texas News story.

"Mrs. Lawasa Thomas has been located safe and unharmed thanks to our media partners and their outreach," said Lt. David Young with the Lufkin Police Department. "A passerby who had seen the news spotted her in Lufkin and waited with her while calling Lufkin PD."

The grandson of Lawasa Thomas reported her missing at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 5, 2016. He told an officer that he had stopped to see her and noticed her shrubs outside had been freshly trimmed, and her car, a green 2005 Chrysler 300, was gone. He said he then found her walker, which she relied on to get around, left behind as if she had gotten in on the passenger side of the car.

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