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Jasper woman injured in house fire dies; arson investigation still ongoing

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JASPER, TX (KTRE) -

A Jasper woman who was seriously injured in a June 4 house fire has died.

The woman’s grandson was arrested and charged with arson in connection to the incident.

Bertha McGill was pronounced dead at UTMB Galveston at 8:09 p.m. Friday, according to Lt. Garrett Foster with the Jasper Police Department.

Cedric Ramon McGill Jr., 26, is still being held in the Jasper County Jail on a first-degree felony arson causing bodily injury or death charge and a felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charge. Collectively, his bond amount has been set at $31,000.

Foster said additional charges may be pending against Cedric McGill. He added that they are still waiting for lab results in the case.

A previous East Texas News story stated that Jasper police and firefighters responded to a home in the 200 block of Othello Street after a neighbor reported that the home was on fire. The neighbor also told the 911 dispatcher that McGill, who was confined to a wheelchair, was inside the residence.

Jasper firefighters were able to remove McGill from the home, but she suffered severe smoke inhalation.

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. 

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