PLAINVIEW, TX (KCBD) - Hale County authorities are looking into the death of a 76-year-old Plainview man, after fire fighters discovered his body inside a burning home Thursday morning. The victim, J.W. West lived on 11th Street in Plainview, about five blocks east of Highland Elementary. We're also told he barbered inside his home for many years, and that's how a lot of folks in town would know him.
Fire fighters tell NewsChannel 11 they were called to the home around 8:00 a.m. Thursday. "After suppression crews arrived they found that they did have a person in the house. The person was deceased. They were not sure whether it was before or after the fire. I was called. I teamed up with CID with Plainview P.D. and we're currently investigating the fire," Plainview Fire Marshal Philip Mize said.
Mize tells us he did not find anything suspicious about the fire, and right now investigators believe the cause was accidental. Meanwhile, authorities have transported West's body to Lubbock for an autopsy scheduled for Friday to determine his cause of death. "I'll be there tomorrow to witness the autopsy, and then we'll make a determination at that time," Mize said.
Friends and neighbors remember West as a quite man, who kept to himself, with a love for his dogs and the outdoors. We'll hear from them tonight on NewsChannel 11 at ten.
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