Man found dead in burning Hattiesburg home identified

Man found dead in burning Hattiesburg home identified

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - We now know the identity of the man whose body was found after a house burned down in Hattiesburg last month.

Forrest County Deputy Coroner Lisa Klem identified the man as 55-year-old Leonard Anderson, of Hattiesburg. Klem said the cause of death cannot be released at this time.

Firefighters responded to the blaze on East 5th Street just before midnight on March 29. By the time they arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames.

According to Hattiesburg police, Anderson's body was found when firefighters entered the home through the back door.

Investigators said at the time there were no immediate signs of foul play. The case is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal's Office. A spokesperson said it's department policy to not comment on open investigations.