Body found after fire believed to be that of 82-year-old Baytown man

By Cathy Hernandez - Reporter, Aaron Barker - Senior Digital Editor

BAYTOWN, Texas - A body that was found Friday after a fire destroyed a Baytown home is believed to be that of the man who lived there, officials said.

The fire was reported about 2:30 a.m. at 1700 Missouri St.

Baytown police said the fire was so heavy when firefighters arrived, they were not able to go inside. The roof of the home later collapsed, according to officials at the scene.

Investigators later said a body, which is believed to be that of 82-year-old Jimmy Taser, was found near the front door of the home. The medical examiner will have to confirm the identity, investigators said.

The elderly man's son told KPRC2 reporter Cathy Hernandez that he dropped his father off at the home about 9:15 p.m. Thursday.

“They dropped him off at about 9 o’clock last night," said Lt. Steve Dorris, of the Baytown Police Department. "Apparently he had been in the hospital for a few days. He was at home by himself when the fire started, apparently."

The man's son said Taser suffered from congestive heart failure and had just spent five days in a hospital. He was released from the hospital hours before the fire, the man's son said.

Editor's note: The age of the man has been updated after his son provided some clarification.

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