The identity of the person who died as a result of injuries suffered in a Somervell County structure fire on May 10, was still unconfirmed as of press time, according to local officials.
The body was taken to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office in Fort Worth for an autopsy and additional testing. Justice of the Peace Scott May said the results of the testing could take approximately two weeks.
The incident is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Office, the SCFD and the State Fire Marshal’s Office, according to Sheriff Alan West.
“We are an assisting agency for the Justice of the Peace Scott May,” West stated in an email Monday. “A name, age or city (of residence) is not available until we receive that information from the Tarrant Co. Medical Examiner’s Office. This is an ongoing investigation so information is limited at this time. I can tell you that it was a single death and it does not appear to be suspicious at this time.”
The Somervell County Fire Department responded shortly before 5 p.m. that afternoon to a residential property about a mile north of Glen Rose on Highway 56 North. There, they extinguished a blaze that severely damaged a metal shop building where the body was discovered.
The shop building was near a residence that was being threatened by the blaze, but was saved by the efforts of the SCFD. It was a mobile home that sustained only minor damage to part of its vinyl siding, SCFD Assistant Chief Steve Willis told the newspaper on Tuesday afternoon.