Fire victim identities finally confirmed

Bowie Rural Firefighters fought this blaze on FM 1125 and Gate Road Thursday. (Photo by Barbara Green)

The Montague County Sheriff’s Department reports the identity of two people killed in a mobile home fire in early January has been confirmed by the medical examiner along with the cause of death stemming from the blaze.
Chief Deputy Chris Hughes said Thursday he received confirmation the people who died in the fire were Jimmy Taylor, 32, and his three-year-old son Preston.
The extensive examination was conducted by the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science.
The house fire occurred on the afternoon of Jan. 5 at 175 Gate Street near Lake Amon G. Carter. A single-wide mobile home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived and was quickly devoured by it.
The bodies were discovered in a back bedroom. While law enforcement felt confident it was the Taylors, Sheriff Marshall Thomas said he would not release the names until it was confirmed.
Cause of the fire was investigated by the arson task force, which determine an electric space heater in the living room was the origin of the fire. Sheriff Thomas said it appears to have been a tragic accident.

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