1 dead Saturday in Forrest County housefire

A Saturday morning fire in Forrest County turned deadly
Published: Aug. 13, 2022 at 3:15 PM CDT
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Macedonia Volunteer Fire Department Public Information

FORREST COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - A fatal Saturday morning fire in Forrest County remains under investigation.

Shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday, firefighters from North Forrest and Macedonia volunteer fire departments arrived on the scene, and were notified by neighbors that someone still might be in the fully-involved home in the 2100 block of Glendale Avenue.

“When we made it on scene, we discovered a single-family wood-frame structure that was fully involved in fire as well as a vehicle that was adjacent to the property,” said Austin Extine, Macedonia VFD public information officer.

Once being able to make an interior attack on the structure, firefighters discovered a body inside the single-family, wood-framed house.

“Once firefighters were able to make an interior attack on it, they discovered the body of a deceased subject inside,” Extine said.

The Forrest County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 49-year-old Heath Courtney of Hattiesburg.

The Forrest County Sheriff’s Office and Mississippi State Fire Marshall’s Office are the lead investigating agencies on the fatality and the fire.

The fire resulted in the closure of Glendale Avenue for about two hours.

No other injuries were reported as a result of this fire, but the house and car were considered total losses.

Other responding agencies included the Forrest County Coroner’s Office, AAA Ambulance Service and Forrest County Emergency Management.

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