HAZLEHURST, MS (WLBT) - A Copiah county man's body is found inside his burned car which investigators said set his home on fire.
Coroner Ellis Stewart said 48 year old Merwen Tolson died in the garage of his home on at 1103 Byrdtown Road.
It is located just outside the Hazlehurst city limits.
The home was engulfed in flames when units from around the county responded to the scene just after midnight Sunday.
Stewart said the fire spread from Tolson's vehicle at the west end of the residence to the rest of the house.
Firefighters found no one inside the home.
Investigators discovered that Tolson had returned from a party down the road prior to the fatal fire.
According to the coroner, a neighbor across the street said someone knocked on the door alerting them to the burning garage.
It is unclear how the fire started or why Tolson did not get out of the vehicle.
The coroner said the call to the emergency operations came in as a car fire with entrapment.
The Copiah County Sheriff's Department declined to comment.
The State Fire Marshal's Office is also investigating.
Fire departments from Crystal Springs, Hazlehurst and Smyrna battled the blaze.
An autopsy is scheduled.
This is Copiah county's first fire death of the year.
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