2 killed in Jackson house fire; incident ruled a homicide

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A house fire had a deadly ending in Jackson early Wednesday morning, after firefighters found two bodies believed to be a couple who lived there.

Neighbors on Way Street were left shocked and heartbroken, but a further investigation could point to arson and gun violence sparking the incident.

12 News heard different claims from family and neighbors about the couple’s relationship. The woman’s family members called it a toxic relationship, while other neighbors close to the man said he cared deeply about everyone.

Around 2:00 a.m. Wednesday, homeowners woke to flames and firefighters rushing to save what they could.

“When I came to the door, my neighbor’s house was up in flames,” Joyce Ross explained. “The first thing that came to my mind was where are they? Where are they? Because I only met her on one occasion.”

Once the flames were put out, Jackson firefighters entered the home and discovered two bodies.

“The firefighters reported the fire had broken through the roof upon their arrival. So right now we’re estimating the home was somewhere between 70-75% involved,” said Division Fire Chief Cleotha Sanders. “Right now, we can’t confirm the identifies of these individuals. So we’ll let the coroner make a positive ID.”

Jackson police said one of the victims was found with gunshot wounds.

“I’ve only met her one time. I’ve never met him. She told me she had been over here three months,” Ross stated. “I’ve only been over here for one month, and she seemed like a very nice person.”

Another neighbor said they had heard loud arguing coming from the house more than once.

As of Wednesday evening, there have been no updates from authorities on the cause or possible motives.

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