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Bodies of woman, son found in Tarrant County home destroyed by fire near Benbrook Lake

The bodies of a woman and her adult son were found Friday morning as firefighters sifted through debris of a Tarrant County home destroyed by a fire near Benbrook Lake, a fire official said.

The names of the victims have not been released pending notification of relatives, but neighbors and public online records identified the victims as 75-year-old Janice Looper and 45-year-old Ronald Looper.

A family member of the victims who was at the scene declined to comment Friday afternoon.

The bodies were discovered shortly after 10 a.m. in the destroyed home on Bear Creek Drive East. A ruling on their deaths is pending an autopsy.

Area firefighters were called to the scene about 4 a.m. in the 5800 block of Bear Creek Drive E.

Neighbor Donald Mayeaux said Friday he and his wife were awakened by their dog barking.

“And then we heard a couple of booms,” Mayeaux said. “We looked out our bedroom window and the home was engulfed in flames.”

The two-story home was in unincorporated Tarrant County.

“When firefighters arrived, it was totally involved,” said Tarrant County Fire Marshal Randy Renois in a telephone interview. “The second story eventually collapsed into the home.”

Renois said a neighbor attempted to kick in the front door, but he wasn’t able to open it.

Mayeaux said his neighbors, a widow and her adult son, didn’t go out much, staying at home most of the time.

“They might go out for doctor appointments because she was recently in the hospital,” said Mayeaux, who had been their neighbor for about 10 years. “

Officials continued on Friday to investigate the cause of the blaze.

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