The Jackson Fire Department is investigating the death of a disabled woman found inside her home Wednesday. Firefighters responded to the blaze at 2310 Powers Avenue near the intersection of Woodrow Wilson Avenue.
Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart identifies her as 59 year old Wilma Jean Luckett.
Jackson Chief Fire Investigator Greg Travis said firefighters encountered light smoke upon entering the house around 1:30 p.m. Luckett was found dead in her bedroom. The coroner said she was burned beyond recognition.
According to residents, Luckett was a diabetic and double amputee who is believed to have been smoking a cigarette before the blaze started. Investigators have not confirmed that as the cause of the fire.
We are told Luckett lived with her boyfriend who was not at the home at the time of the fire. Neighbors said they tried to save her but were turned back by the smoke.
"Her boyfriend went to get her medicine and she was smoking a cigarette and she got caught up in it, and she couldn't get out of the house, said neighbor Perry Thomas. "We tried to get in the house and we got in there and it was too much smoke coming out so we just waited for the ambulance, the fire department to get there."
"We did receive information that residents had heard a smoke alarm that was activated and the activation of the smoke alarm may have alerted some of the neighbors also," said Jackson Fire Department Chief Investigator. "So again we want to encourage all the citizens of Jackson to have a working smoke alarm."
No other injuries were reported. Officials say this is a death pending investigation until the completion of an autopsy.
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