Woman critically injured in Jasper house fire, grandson arrested for arson

Woman critically injured in Jasper house fire, grandson arrested for arson
Source: KJAS.com: Firemen and police work to remove Bertha McGill who was in a wheelchair from the home.
Source: KJAS.com: Firemen and police work to remove Bertha McGill who was in a wheelchair from the home.
Source: KJAS.com: Jasper firefighter Brian Merwyn immediately placed his oxygen breathing apparatus on Bertha McGill and kept her breathing until Acadian EMS paramedics arrived.
Source: KJAS.com: Jasper firefighter Brian Merwyn immediately placed his oxygen breathing apparatus on Bertha McGill and kept her breathing until Acadian EMS paramedics arrived.
Source: KJAS.com: A Jasper firefighter was cooling down the interior of the house as two other firefighters, Bob Gary and Brian Merwyn, were in full bunker gear inside and pulling out Bertha McGill. She was discovered inside unconscious in her wheelchair.
Source: KJAS.com: A Jasper firefighter was cooling down the interior of the house as two other firefighters, Bob Gary and Brian Merwyn, were in full bunker gear inside and pulling out Bertha McGill. She was discovered inside unconscious in her wheelchair.

JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Jasper Police Department officers have arrested the grandson of a woman who was injured in a Jasper, Texas house fire.

Officials say Cedric Ramon McGill Jr. was arrested in connection with the June 4 incident.

Jasper police and firefighters responded to a residence in the 200 block of Othello Street when a neighbor reported that the home was on fire, according to a JPD police press release.

The neighbor informed Jasper firefighters that the homeowner, Bertha McGill, was confined to a wheelchair and was inside the home.

Authorities said that firefighters were able to remove Gill from the home but only after she had suffered severe smoke inhalation.  McGill remains in critical condition at last word in UTMB Galveston, officials say.

After the fire was extinguished, firefighters noticed that the fire appeared to be intentional and notified JPD.

Officers learned that Gill's grandson was also living in the home but was not at the house when the first responders arrived.

The grandson later arrived at the home and was subsequently arrested on an unrelated charge.

Through an investigation, the City of Jasper Fire Marshall's Office and the State of Texas Fire Marshall's Office were able to obtain evidence that provided probable cause to arrest McGill, Jr. for first degree felony arson- causing bodily injury.

The motive for the crime is still unclear.

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