Investigators: Deadly Hattiesburg fire caused by smoking

Investigators: Deadly Hattiesburg fire caused by smoking
Forrest County Deputy Coroner Lisa Klem said 61-year-old Charles Clark died in the blaze. (Source: WDAM)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The cause of a mobile home fire that killed a man last week has been determined.

Forrest County Deputy Coroner Lisa Klem said 61-year-old Charles Clark died in the blaze on the morning of Jan. 10. Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s office said the fire was caused by smoking.

The Hattiesburg Fire Department responded to the fire in the 200 block of Annie Lane just after 9 a.m. The trailer was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters got to the scene. The home was a total loss by the time the fire was extinguished.

“We got a call this morning about a mobile home on fire. It looked to be about 50 to 75 percent fully involved, and we responded. We made an interior attack to extinguish the fire,” Hattiesburg Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Danny Wade said. “It’s going to be a total loss on the interior. As you can see here, the inside walls are still standing. But, on the inside, it’s going to be a total loss.”

The investigation remains open.

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