LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - An early morning fire has claimed one life and destroyed a home in the Serene Hills subdivision off King Road.
According to Lamar County Deputy Coroner Andy Geske the victim will be sent to the Mississippi State Crime Lab for DNA results to make a positive identification.
Lamar County Fire Coordinator George Stevens firefighters located the body shortly before 6:00 a.m. after conducting a search of the residence.
Lamar County Volunteer firefighters received the call of a fully-involved house fire in the 200 block of Serene Hills subdivision shortly after 2:00 a.m., and arrived on the scene within minutes.
When firefighters arrived, a portion of the roof had already collapsed, and the home was fully-engulfed with flames. Firefighters as well as Lamar County Sheriff's Deputies made their way to doors and windows as flames burst through yelling to anyone inside.
Additional units arrived on scene to assist as well as shuttle water from tankers.
Firefighters continued fighting the fire and extinguishing hotspots until enough smoke and flames were clear to begin a thorough search.
Fire officials stated they do believe the victim was alone in the house, and fire crews will remain on scene to extinguish hotspots and flare-ups.
The cause of the fire is not yet known at this time; however it is the second fully-involved structure fire Lamar County firefighters have battled in less than 24 hours.
Members of the Lamar County Coroners office and fire officials are still on scene, and more information will be released when it becomes available.