Residential Fire Fatality
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the fire that led to the death of 79 year old Dorothy Hampshire of Vidor is still on-going. Detectives were able to locate and speak with the adult male that was initially unaccounted for after the fire was extinguished. He has told Detectives he was not at the home at the time of the fire. Detectives are continuing to follow up on other details surrounding the incident and have received a preliminary report from the State Fire Marshall that the cause of the fire remains “undetermined.” More information may be released as it becomes available.
On Sunday, June 15, 2014, around 3:16 a.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call in reference to a house fire in the 3200 block of South Main Street in the Vidor area of Orange County, Texas. The Vidor Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene along with Sheriff’s Office Deputies.
Two adults and a 9 year old child were able to make it safely out of the house, but they could not reach an elderly female who was also resided in the house. Once firefighters arrived on scene, they were able to reach the elderly female and remove her from the house. Life saving measures could not save the elderly female and she was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Judge Price. Judge Price ordered an autopsy.
The other two adults and child were taken to a Beaumont hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. It was reported that another adult male lived in the residence, but he was unaccounted for once the fire was extinguished.
The State Fire Marshall’s Office was called to assist in the investigation of the fire. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office have also remained on scene as the investigation into the incident is on-going. The deceased person has been identified as 79 year old white female, Dorothy Hampshire of Vidor,