Beaumont Firefighters responded during the early morning hours to a reported house fire in the 1800 block of Brooklyn to find the house already blazing out of control, officials reported Feb. 15. After approximately 30 minutes, firefighters were able to contain the flames, but the severity of the inferno prevented an initial search of the residence.
Once firefighters were able to enter the home, they located the body of a 74-year-old woman, who has been tentatively identified as Billie Marie Jones. Justice of the Peace Judge Ken Dollinger was contacted and an autopsy has been ordered.
The cause of the fire in still under investigation.