One killed in house fire on Houston's south side


Firefighters got the call just before 8:30am. A house in the 3500 block of Seabrook was on fire. Neighbors told them the home's owner may still be inside.

"We knew we had a possibly entrapped victim and eventually, we did find the victim,' said HFD District Chief Fred Hooker.

That man was identified by his family as 89-year-old Stonewall Jackson. His son and daughter in-law stopped by the home Sunday afternoon

"He was a very kindhearted person," said Stonewall Jackson, Jr. "He gave and helped everyone that he could whenever he could. He lived here alone. He was a deacon in the church for 47 years and a Sunday school teacher.

Jackson's son says he knew something was wrong when his father didn't make it to church Sunday morning.

Arson investigators and homicide detectives are working to determine how the fire started, and whether there is anything suspicious about it.

"At this point, no indication of foul play, but the investigation is still very active and ongoing," said Sgt. C.E. Ellion with the Houston Police Department.

The death is the fifth person to die in a fire in the last handful of days. Investigators don't believe they are related in any way, but firefighters say the deaths should serve as a reminder, and a warning.

"There's really no rhyme or reason to it ever," said Hooker. "The only thing we can stress is to have a working smoke detector."

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