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Sherman Police confirmed that one woman is dead after a fire broke out at the Lone Star Inn and Suites on Texoma Parkway Thursday afternoon.
Sgt. D.M. Hampton said Sherman Fire-Rescue crews responded to the hotel, which is sometimes referred to as the old Executive Inn, after dispatchers received reports that one of the first-floor units had caught on fire.
“When they made entry and were trying to contain the blaze to that one unit, they did find somebody that was inside the unit and is deceased,” Hampton said. “We don’t have any identity on that person.”
Upon an initial review of the scene, Hampton said the fire appeared to be accidental, but added that investigators would await the results of an autopsy to determine whether the woman’s death was suspicious in nature.
“We have to treat this as though it may be a homicide, but we don’t know that for sure,” Hampton said. “Working hand in hand with the fire department, we’re going to get this figured out and hopefully get this person identified and make the notification to the next of kin.”
The fire sent a plume of black smoke over the nearby Texoma Parkway and dozens of hotel guests evacuated their rooms. Many could be seen standing on the surrounding streets with their pets and some belongings.
“I believe that there are several people that live here on a continuous basis,” Hampton said. “I know that from time to time they have people that come in for construction work or things like that and they take up a semi-permanent residence here.”
It was unclear whether the woman who died was a guest of the hotel. Hampton said the investigation is ongoing.