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Victim of fatal Upshur County fire identified

Upshur County authorities have identified the victim of a Thursday afternoon house fire.
Upshur County authorities have identified the victim of a Thursday afternoon house fire.(Bob Hallmark, KLTV)
Updated: Jan. 29, 2021 at 9:34 PM CST
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UPSHUR COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - Thomas Scott Green was identified by authorities as the victim of a deadly house fire in Upshur County on Thursday.

Authorities have identified Thomas Scott Green, of Gilmer, as the victim of Thursday's fatal...
Authorities have identified Thomas Scott Green, of Gilmer, as the victim of Thursday's fatal house fire in Upshur County.(Bob Hallmark, KLTV)

It happened Thursday afternoon at a home on FM 1759 in Upshur county.

Gilmer fire and Upshur county deputies responded to the fire knowing that there were no hydrants, and tankers would have to be utilized.

“It’s a big problem, not just here but all over the state. We page out the rural departments and sent 4 tankers,” said Gilmer fire chief Jerry Taylor.

Crews immediately fought to beat back the flames, using massive amounts of water.

“Every one of them made 2 or 3 trips back to Gilmer to fill up with water,” the chief says.

But other fire departments were called out once the initial team realized there was somebody in the home.”

“We paged out a couple of additional departments when we found out there was a possibility that someone was in the house,” Taylor says.

While still battling the blaze, firefighters located a body in the residence, identified now as 59 year old Thomas Scott Green of Gilmer.

But questions loom about what started the fire and the cause of Green’s death.

The state fire marshal’s office is investigating and is being assisted by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office.

Green’s body was sent to Dallas for autopsy.

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