Identity released of 1 dead, another injured after Smith County house fire


CHAPEL HILL, Texas (KETK) – One person is dead and another is in the hospital after being caught in a Smith County house fire Monday morning, according to Casey Murphy.

The fire was located in the 13800 block of CR 220, near Chapel Hill. Officials received a report of the fire at 10:45 a.m.

Two people were transported to a local hospital, and one later died.

Donald Cooper, 49, of Tyler was pronounced dead after subduing to his injuries.

“At this time, the investigation into the death of Mr. Cooper and the origin and cause of the fire is still ongoing,” Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks said. 

It is unclear how serious the injuries are for the second person involved. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Fire Marshal’s Office with the assistance of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.

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