RED OAK - Autopsy results remain pending on two people who were found dead inside of a residence that burned early Wednesday morning.
Red Oak firefighters were called to the 100 block of Lorene Road at 4:31 a.m. to discover the home fully involved, locating the bodies after the flames were extinguished.
Malcolm Lynn Summers, 53, was found on the floor in the front bedroom/office and a female, 37, was found on the floor in the master bedroom. Justice of the Peace Jackie Miller Jr. pronounced the two dead at 7:45 a.m. and 7:50 a.m., respectively, and ordered the bodies taken to the Dallas County medical examiner’s office.
The name of the female had not been released as of press time as confirmation of her identity remains pending.
“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. … We did confirm two victims.”
The incident and cause of the fire remain under investigation by Ellis County Fire Marshal Jim Pharr, with assistance from the state fire marshal.
Firefighters were on the scene for several hours extinguishing hot spots, with officials reporting the home as a total loss. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the home and prevent it from spreading to surrounding properties.