Two bodies found in Paige mobile home fire

Drone picture of the deadly house fire on Cooke Road in Paige on July 26, 2017. (Courtesy: Frank Smith/Giddings Times & News)
Drone picture of the deadly house fire on Cooke Road in Paige on July 26, 2017. (Courtesy: Frank Smith/Giddings Times & News)

PAIGE, Texas (KXAN) — After putting out a house fire in Paige early Wednesday morning, authorities found two bodies inside.

Firefighters with the Bastrop County ESD No. 2 responded to the fire on Cooke Road around 1 a.m. When firefighters arrived, there was already heavy fire coming from the home. The fire had burned more than half of the building.

Fire Chief Josh Gill says the first victim was found during the primary search and the second victim was located after the bulk of the fire was put out. Authorities say one body was found in a bedroom, the other in a bathroom. Both victims were women but their identities have not been released at this time.

“I heard a big kaboom,” explains neighbor Alyssa Marvins. “I could see the glowing orange.”

Marvins and her boyfriend Gregg Mathis, who’s the postmaster of Paige, live two houses down from the mobile home that caught fire. “I went up there to check on some of my postal customers to make sure everything was okay with them,” says Mathis.

Mathis had never met the victims; he only knew them on paper through the post office, but it doesn’t feel that way. “It’s like losing one of your own, you get to know the people around you eventually and now I guess I won’t.”

The state fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause, but authorities say it does not appear to be suspicious.

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