JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – An elderly woman was killed in a Jackson house fire overnight.

The fire happened at a home on Inwood Drive between 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Monday, January 2, 2023.

The victim was identified as Ineva May-Pittman. Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones released a statement about her passing on social media.

“Saddened to hear the news regarding the passing of Mrs. Ineva May-Pittman due to a house fire last night. She was the epitome of a leader in civil and human rights throughout our community, state and country. May God be with her family and the many lives she touched,” said Jones.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba also released a statement saying in part, “I’d like to offer my sincere condolences from myself and the City to her family and friends. Mrs. May-Pittman truly made the world a better place from where she stood.”

Assistant Fire Chief Patrick Armon said when firefighters arrived at the scene, the fire was fully involved. He said no one else was inside the home at the time of the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.