Beaumont resident killed in house fire

Beaumont resident killed in house fire

Although Beaumont Fire-Rescue firefighters responding to a structure fire at a local residence quickly extinguished the blaze, a 61-year-old male resident of the home was discovered deceased in a room near the source of the fire. 

According to a news release from Capt. Brad Penisson, units responded to the fire in the 3400 block of Taliaferro Street at 2:18 p.m. April 21. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke conditions at the residence. Occupants of the house told firefighters four people were inside the house at the time of the fire, but only three were able to escape before responders arrived. Firefighters made a quick attack, and though they confined the fire to one bedroom, the male victim was found in a nearby room. 

Beaumont Fire-Rescue investigators and police detectives are working together to determine the cause of the fire and the resident's cause of the death. Judge Kenneth Dollinger ordered an autopsy scheduled for Friday morning, April 22. Penisson reports that investigators are still working to positively identify the victim and notify possible family members.


The victim who perished in a house fire in the 3400 block of Taliaferro Street April 21 has been identified as 61-year-old Richard Richardson of Beaumont.

According to an updated news release April 22, Beaumont Fire-Rescue investigators determined the fire originated in a bedroom of the home, apparently starting on a bed ignited by "smoking materials." Richardson reportedly went back into the room in an attempt to extinguish the fire and did leave the residence with the other occupants, who evacuated. Beaumont Fire-Rescue said the cause of the fire appears to be accidental.

Preliminary results following an autopsy April 22 indicated Richardson died from smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning, reports Capt. Penisson.

According to the release, "Beaumont firefighters want to remind everyone to always have a working smoke detector and in the event of the fire, call 911 then Get Out And Stay Out."