According to Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna, the cause of the fatal Jones County house fire that occurred this morning at 3:00AM has been determined.
Jones County Sheriff's Department Fire Investigator Sergeant Scott Gable and Mississippi State Fire Marshall's Office Fire Investigator Kevin Butler have investigated the cause and origin of the fire and ruled the fire to be an accidental electrical fire.
According to investigators, the fire started just below the breaker box located in a wall in the utility room where electrical wiring shorted out and quickly spread upward and outward reaching the ceiling and attic areas.
Extreme fire damage was noted in the utility room, kitchen and attic areas although an aggressive interior fire attack stopped the spread of the fire before it reached other areas of the home.
Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna notes, "On behalf of all of the responding volunteer fire departments, we would like to thank Sgt. Scott Gable and Fire Investigator Kevin Butler for their swift response and thorough investigation. We are saddened by the loss of the victim who has been identified as Cynthia Thompson. It is our hope that the family will find comfort in knowing that we've received dozens of calls and noted dozens of social media posts expressing condolences for their loss."
McKenna adds, "Obviously, based on the outpouring of support, Ms. Thompson was a well respected and well liked member of the Powers Community who will be sorely missed."