49-year-old woman's body found after Huntington house fire

Published: Oct. 12, 2015 at 5:05 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 13, 2015 at 2:31 AM CDT
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HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - After firefighters battled a blaze at a home located at 106 East Spruce Spruce in Huntington early Monday morning, they discovered the body of a 49-year-old woman in one of the back bedrooms.

Huntington Police Chief Bobby Epperly said that the woman has been identified as Linda Salas, a Houston native who had been living at the house on Spruce Street for the past six to eight months.

Epperly said one of his officers was on patrol at about 1:45 or 1:50 a.m. Monday when he smelled smoke and went to check it out. The Huntington Police Chief said when his officer arrived at the house on Spruce Street, it was fully engulfed in flames.
The HPD officer tried to get into the home, but the smoke and heat kept him from going more than three or four steps inside the burning house, Epperly said.

Epperly said Salas' body was discovered after firefighters got the fire under control. Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Pat Grimes-Grubbs pronounced Salas dead at the scene of the fire at about 4 a.m. Monday and ordered that an autopsy be performed in Beaumont.

Fire Captain Richie Allen was the first to go into the burning structure. Allen said the flames got hot quick and the department needed to act to make sure the fire did not spread. Allen knew of Salas although he did not know her well.

" I actually live just a couple blocks out, I've seen her around quite often," Allen said. "She's usually out running and up and down the roads here. Being in Huntington, you know, it's a town of 1,400 people, so you tend to kind of know everybody or somebody that knows them. It always makes it harder."

Allen said the State Fire Marshall's office is expected to continue their investigation Tuesday.

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