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UPDATE: Man who died in north Jackson house fire identified

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

One person is dead in a house fire in northeast Jackson. 

The Jackson Fire Department was called to a house fire at 3928 Roxbury Road, off of Eastover Drive around 11:00 a.m. Sunday. 

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart has identified the victim as 59-year-old William Burke Thompson. 

Authorities say that the blaze was believed to have started in a bedroom of the house. 

Thompson's vehicle still in the carport, the rest of the neighborhood, still quiet.

"My husband came and said there was black smoke coming out of Burke's house across the street. I ran outside, and it was very very thick and black," said Mary Randall, who's lived across the street from Thompson for over two decades. "We were all really shaken. It was really scary."

Randall says Thompson lived alone in the house, and that he'd been there for upwards of 25 years.

"He was a nice guy," said Randall. "Very nice guy, very friendly, loved his Ole Miss Rebels."

The fire burned a bit of a neighbor's fence behind the house, but didn't spread any further than that.

JFD says Thompson had a dog they haven't been able to find.

"We just ask the public to pray for the family right now, during this time. We are approaching another holiday, and no one wants to be preparing for a funeral at this time," said Division Chief Cleotha Sanders with the Jackson Fire Department.

JFD investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire. 

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