RED OAK — Two people are believed to have perished in a Red Oak residential fire early this morning.

Red Oak firefighters were called to the 100 block of Lorene Road at 4:31 a.m. to discover the home fully involved and immediately called for mutual aid from Ovilla, Glenn Heights, Waxahachie, Ferris and Lancaster departments.

“It was fully involved when we got here. We saw the flames when we were leaving the station. It was a defensive fire from the start. There was no way to go in. As soon as we got the fire knocked down we went in,” said Captain Kyle Taylor with the Red Oak Fire Department.

“The neighbors told us there should be two people inside,” he said “When we were able to go in, we did confirmed two victims.”

Firefighters discovered the bodies of an adult male, 53, and female, 37. The male was found on the floor in the front bedroom/office and the female was found on the floor of the master bedroom. The male was pronounced dead at 7:45 a.m. and the female at 7:50 a.m. Initial reports show smoke inhalation and thermal burns as potential causes of death. The bodies were taken to the medical examiner's office in Dallas.

No identities are being released at this time as the incident is under the investigation of Ellis County Fire Marshal Jim Pharr, with assistance from the state fire marshal.

Firefighters were still on the scene at presstime this morning were still extinguishing hot spots. Officials reported the home is considered a total loss. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the home and prevent it from spreading to surrounding properties.

No other injuries were reported.

Officials, who are just beginning their investigation, said it is too early to speculate on the cause of the fire.