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TAFD investigate fatal house fire

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The body of homeless man is found after a vacant house fire in Texarkana, Arkansas, fire officials believe he could have been seeking shelter there during the winter months.
    
Texarkana, Arkansas firefighters were called to the condemned house in the 1400 block of Rose Street around 9:30 Tuesday night, but the body of David Byrd, 49, was not discovered until Wednesday morning.

Fire officials say another man in the house had escaped the fire and told them no one else was in the house.  

"It was dark inside the structure Tuesday night, part of the ceiling tiles had falling down over him," said Stephen Johnson, TAFD Fire Marshal. "He (Byrd) was in a small area by the window between the window and the bed."

While Byrd's body was found in the front of the house, Johnson believes the fire started in the back.  

The vacant home had been scheduled for demolition this week.

While the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, fire officials believe someone may have been burning clothes to stay warm.
    
Fire officials do not suspect foul play, but Byrd's body has been sent to the state crime lab in Little Rock for an autopsy.

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