Victim identified in fatal Jones County fire

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Jones county woman is dead and her husband critically injured after a Friday night mobile home fire.

According to Jones County Deputy Coroner Ernest Hollingsworth, Orell Craft, 70, was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire that occurred off Louie Bullock Road shortly before 8:00 p.m.

Craft's husband who received burns on a large portion of his body and suffered from smoke inhalation was transported from the scene by EMServe ambulance service to Forrest General Hospital.

Jones County Fire Investigator Scott Gable says neighbors were able to escort her husband out of the house, but Craft did not make it out alive.

"Once first responders arrived, the house was fully engulfed," Gable said.

Gable contacted the State Fire Marshal's office for investigation assistance, and a crew was on scene A crew was on scene around 10:00 p.m.

The cause of the fire has not been determined and is under investigation.