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4 dead in North Mississippi fire

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CRENSHAW, Miss. (AP) - Four people have died in a mobile home fire Friday south of Crenshaw on Mississippi Highway 3 on the Panola-Quitman county line.

Panola County Coroner Gracie Grant-Gulledge said the four, two women and two men, were pronounced dead at the scene. She said the bodies were found in a back bedroom.

Sheriff Otis Griffin identified the victims as Forest Williams, 25; John Moore, 22; Aletha Moore, 51; and Naomie Moore, 24. Griffin said Aletha was the mother of John and Naomie.

Grant-Gulledge said eight others were hurt, but none of the injuries were thought to be life threatening. One was taken to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn., and the others were taken to Tri-Lakes Hospital in Batesville. Their conditions were not available.

Griffin said the fire appeared to be caused by a space heater or a kerosene heater. He said there were two kerosene heaters in the house.

Griffin said the fire broke out just after 4 a.m. in the single-wide trailer.

Griffin said a motorist noticed smoke coming from the structure and stopped while blowing his horn.

Griffin said the motorist managed to wake up some of the people and got them out and then called 911.

Authorities, including the state fire marshall's office, are investigating what caused the fire.

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