A Carroll County man was killed Monday evening in a house fire.
According to Carroll County Sheriff Clint Walker, the emergency operations center dispatched fire and police units to the reports of a fire at 282 County Road 286. The home was fully-engulfed and spreading toward the woods by the time rescue crews arrived.
“Fire Department personnel from Carrollton/North Carrollton Fire Station and Hickory Grove Fire Station were able to extinguish the fire and keep it from spreading into the wooded areas,” Walker said.
After the fire was contained, Walker said firefighters found a body in the debris. Deputies contacted Carroll County Coroner Mark Stiles and the state fire marshal’s office. The body was taken to the Mississippi Medical Examiner’s office for autopsy and identification.
Yesterday, the medical examiner confirmed through dental records that Robert Houston Bennett, 62, died in the fire.
“There was no evidence of foul play and the cause of the fire is still under investigation [by the Carroll County Sheriff’s office and the State Fire Marshal’s office],” Walker said.