3 People Killed in House Fire at Pastor’s Residence in North Texas; Police Believe Blaze Was Intentionally Set

The investigation into a triple-fatal house fire that injured a fourth person in Cedar Hill early Thursday has shifted to a criminal investigation, police say.
The investigation into a triple-fatal house fire that injured a fourth person in Cedar Hill early Thursday has shifted to a criminal investigation, police say.

A house fire that killed three people early Thursday in Cedar Hill may have been intentionally set, officials say. 

Police said Thursday afternoon that the investigation into the fire had shifted into a criminal inquiry, KXAS-TV (NBC5) reported.

Officers arrived about 4:30 a.m. at the home in the 700 block of Lovern Street and rescued two people from a second-story window, city spokeswoman Alison Ream said.

Police re-entered the home to try to rescue more people, but the heat and heavy smoke forced them outside because they didn’t have the necessary protective gear, Cedar Hill Deputy Fire Chief Rodney Smith told KXAS-TV (NBC5).

Of the four other people who were eventually removed from the home, three died at the scene and one was hospitalized in unknown condition. Their names and ages were not released.

Three Cedar Hill police officers were also treated for smoke inhalation.

Cedar Hill Dawn Miller told NBC5 that she knows the family who lived at the home well. She says one of the people who died was a pastor who was beloved in the community.

“He’s volunteered in our schools. He’s just an awesome gentleman,” Miller said. “His wife and family have given themselves selflessly to the communities across this metroplex for years.”

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SOURCE: Loyd Brumfield 
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