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Update: SCSO PIO speaks on body found in Smith Co. blaze

SMITH CO., May 7, 2014— At 11:51 p.m., on Monday, the Smith County Sheriff's Office Dispatch received several 911 calls reporting a blaze in the 11000 block of County Road 495. Units from the Lindale fire department responded.

The fire was isolated to a building detached from the home. During their efforts to extinguish the blaze, firefighters discovered the body of what appeared to be an adult male.

Sheriff Larry Smith, Chief Deputy Robert Carlson, the Smith County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division, Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and several patrol units responded and began an immediate investigation.

“At this point, we believe the body is a person who was a resident at the home, but it will take more investigation to determine that for sure,” said Sheriff Smith. “We have not ruled out an accidental death, homicide or suicide. These investigations take time to complete. I hope to have a cause of death as soon as possible.”

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with Smith County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer John Moore about the discovery. Click below for more.

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