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Victim identified in fatal fire that may have been arson, 'person of interest' still at large

Police say the death of Jason West, 41, of Beaumont is now being ruled a homicide.

BEAUMONT, Texas — Beaumont Police have identified the victim of what they think was a fire that was intentionally set.

Police say the death of Jason West, 41, of Beaumont is now being ruled a homicide.

West's body was found badly burned in the remains of a house fire on Friday morning, October 7, 2022, in the 4500 block of Dallas Ave. 

Police and fire investigators believe the fire may have been intentionally set according to a news release from the Beaumont Police Department. 

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Police say that they believe Channin Keon Ardoin, 39, of Beaumont, took the victim's car and drove it to Huntington, Texas, on Friday according to the news release.

Credit: Beaumont Police Department

Huntington is on U.S. Highway 69 about 97 miles north of Beaumont.

Ardoin fled after he was spotted driving the victim's Hyundai by a Huntington Police officer the release said.

He wrecked the car in the parking lot of a Metal Mart on U.S. Highway 69 in Lufkin and then ran away according to Beaumont Police. He has not yet been found police say.

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