Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a fire in Jackson overnight, ultimately leading to the discovery of a body within the home. The blaze happened around 12:30 a.m. Friday at a duplex on Georgetown Avenue.
When Jackson firefighters arrived at 2437 Georgetown Avenue, they found heavy flames and smoke. The family residing in one side of the home escaped unharmed, but the woman living within the other unit of the duplex was discovered dead in a bedroom.
"Right now we're also trying to find out if there was any type of smoke detector in the house, [but] we've not been able to locate a smoke detector at this time," explains Gregory Travis, Chief Fire Investigator.
Investigators are not yet releasing the identity of the victim. They say only that she was a black female who lived alone on her side of the duplex. Fire officials are, however, using Friday morning's blaze as a reminder to all Jackson neighbors.
"I would just like to urge all the citizens of Jackson that a working smoke detector will save lives," assures Chief Travis.
The victim's cause of death has not yet been determined.
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