Human remains found in Gatesville structure fire

The remains of a Gatesville resident were found in the rubble of a structure fire Friday morning, according to Coryell County Chief Deputy Mark Wilcox.

A man whose remains was found in the rubble of a structure fire has been identified.

Officials identified him as 36-year-old Lucas Hollenbeck. 

The Coryell County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched at approximately 8:43 a.m. Friday to 302 River Rd in Gatesville regarding a structure fire. The Gatesville Fire Department was also dispatched to the scene.

When first responders arrived, they found the home was fully engulfed in flames, Wilcox said. Deputies received information from potential family members that there was possibly an occupant of the residence still inside the home, according to Wilcox.

After firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze, they noticed charred remains of what appeared to a human body, Wilcox said. 

Justice of the Peace Coy Latham was notified and arrived at the scene, who pronounced the individual deceased at 8:43 a.m. Friday. 

An autopsy revealed Hollenbeck died of smoke inhalation. 

 

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