Lightning strike blamed in Rankin County fire fatality - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Lightning strike blamed in Rankin County fire fatality

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FLORENCE, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Lightning strike caused the Friday morning fire that claimed the life of 41-year-old Brian Jones in Florence. The fire broke out around 6:30 a.m. on Hickory Ridge Road.   

Sheriff Bryan Bailey says fire personnel from Florence, Cleary, Star, and Southwest Rankin responded to the scene, along with units from Terry and Byram.

Neighbors and family told first responders the homeowner, Brian Jones, was unaccounted for and believed to be still inside the residence. Fire personnel located a body inside, near a sliding door at the rear of the residence.

The body was taken to the Mississippi Crime Lab where a positive ID will be made.

Rankin County Fire investigators along with members of the State Fire Marshal's Office determined that lightning caused the fire.

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