UPDATE: Elderly woman dies after Vidor house fire
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the fire that led to the death of 79-year-old Dorothy Hampshire of Vidor is on-going, Orange County Sheriff's Office stated in a press release.
"Detectives were able to locate and speak with the adult male that was initially unaccounted for after the fire was extinguished," the release stated. "He has told detectives he was not at the home at the time of the fire. Detectives are continuing to follow up on other details surrounding the incident and have received a preliminary report from the State Fire Marshall that the cause of the fire remains 'undetermined.'"
More information may be released as it becomes available
An elderly Vidor woman is dead after being rescued from a house fire by firefighters in the early hours of the morning Sunday, June 15.
Around 3:16 a.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call in reference to a house fire in the 3200 block of South Main. The Vidor Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene along with Orange County Sheriff’s Office Deputies.
Two adults and a 9-year-old child were able to make it safely out of the house, according to an Orange County Sheriff’s Office press release, but they could not reach an elderly woman who also resided in the house. Once firefighters arrived on scene, they were able to reach 79-year-old Dorothy Hampshire and remove her from the house. Life saving measures could not save Hampshire, however, and she was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Rodney Price, who then ordered an autopsy.
The other two adults and child were taken to a Beaumont hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, the press release stated. Police said witnesses reported that another adult male who lived in the residence was unaccounted for once the fire was extinguished.
Although some media outlets have reported that Orange County Sheriff’s Office is actively seeking a “person of interest,” Orange County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson responded in an email to the press, “At this time, we are still trying to determine the cause of the fire. Therefore, it’s too early to determine if the fire was started by someone, or some other means. If we have any information to release on any ‘person of interest,’ that would be later in the investigation. We cannot say at this time that a person started this fire, so we don’t have a ‘person of interest.’”
The State Fire Marshall’s Office was called to assist in the investigation of the fire. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office have also remained on scene as the investigation into the incident is on-going.