A Cherokee County woman was pronounced dead Tuesday evening following a late afternoon fire on Farm-to-Market Road 768, just outside Rusk. Anita Perry was uncovered by emergency workers and pronounced dead at the scene before being sent to Dallas for autopsy, Sheriff’s Department Cpt. John Raffield said. “The cause is still under investigation,” Raffield said. Detective Brad George said fire consumed the home, owned and occupied by Perry, and it was fully engulfed as Gallatin and Rusk emergency personnel worked to combat the blaze. George also said the entire residence, an older model mobile home, was totaled or damaged by smoke. “It appears at this time it was going to be an undetected cigarette,” he said of the cause. “It appears to have originated in the back bedroom.” He also said the body was found in the kitchen area and added a dog and cat were also found dead. The small home, on Farm-to-Market Road 768, was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon. Gallatin and Rusk emergency personnel responded to the blaze. According to preliminary reports, the home, owned by Calvin Jinkins and his family, caught fire some time before 4 p.m. A Daily Progress reporter at the scene was initially told no one was injured in the fire.

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