RED OAK - The identity of a female who was found dead inside of a residence that burned early Wednesday morning has been released.
Lisa Jenkins, 37, was pronounced dead at 7:50 a.m. Also located inside the residence was the body of Malcolm Lynn Summers, 53, who was pronounced dead at 7:45 a.m.
Firefighters responding to the fire call located the couple after the flames were extinguished.
A joint investigation is under way between the Ellis County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from investigators with the cities of Red Oak and Ovilla and the State Fire Marshall’s Office. Also assisting has been a canine unit from the Duncanville Fire Department.
A press release issued by the county said all leads are being investigated as to the cause of the fire.
“As of Friday, Aug. 17, there is no evidence of arson or foul play,” the release read. “However, the investigation will continue until all leads have been exhausted.”
Autopsy results remain pending on Jenkins and Summers.
Red Oak firefighters were called to the house, located in the 100 block of Lorene Road, at 4:31 a.m. Wednesday to discover the home fully involved, locating the bodies after the flames were extinguished.
Summers was found on the floor in the front bedroom/office and Jenkins was found on the floor in the master bedroom. Justice of the Peace Jackie Miller Jr. pronounced the two dead and ordered the bodies taken to the Dallas County medical examiner’s office.
“It was fully involved when we got here. We saw the flames when we were leaving the station,” Red Oak fire Capt. Kyle Taylor said at the scene Wednesday, saying neighbors told firefighters on their arrival there should be two people inside the home.
An immediate call was placed for mutual aid from the Ovilla, Glenn Heights, Waxahachie, Ferris and Lancaster fire departments.
“It was a defensive fire from the start,” Taylor said. “There was no way to go in. As soon as we got the fire knocked down we went in.”
Firefighters were on the scene for several hours extinguishing hot spots, with the home reported as a total loss. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the home and prevent it from spreading to surrounding properties.