Fort Worth

January 4, 2014

Arson not evident in fatal fire at Fort Worth home

The medical examiner still has not identified or ruled on the cause of death of a man found in the rubble.

Investigators found no evidence of arson in a Friday house fire where a man’s body was discovered in the rubble.

“The fire cause is being considered undetermined at this time, pending a review of all the evidence,” Battalion Chief Richard Harrison, a Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman, said in a news release. “While a hot plate was in the area of fire origin, it has not been officially ruled as the ignition source. To this point there is no evidence of arson.”

The man had not been identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office as of Saturday afternoon. However, relatives said he was Larry Davis, an Air Force Vietnam veteran, who was in his 60s.

Several neighbors said they heard an explosion shortly before 5 p.m., when the fire was reported in the 1200 block of East Baltimore Avenue. But Harrison said that “arson investigators found no evidence of an explosion,” inside the home, and that heat from the fire could have caused equipment outside the home to fail and make the neighbors believe that there had been and explosion.

Neighbors tried to enter the home to rescue Davis before firefighters arrived, said Donald Laury who lives nearby. — Terry Evans

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