Homeowner dies in fire

A Jones County man died early this morning in a fire at his mobile home in the northwestern part of the county.  Officials have not yet released his name, but they say he was middle-aged, and was discovered by firefighters in the bedroom of his burned-out Hillcrest Road home in the Hebron Community around 8 a.m.

They say the fire, which began a couple of hours earlier, may have started in the kitchen area.  They also say the blaze appears to be an accident.

The victim's body has been sent to Jackson for autopsy.