2 dead in Benton County house fire

ASHLAND, Miss. (AP) - Authorities say two people died Friday in a house fire in Benton County.

County Coroner Bob Riles says the victims' names have not been released.

Riles tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the fire was reported about 1 a.m. and destroyed the house.

Riles says the bodies were covered by the rubble and firefighters didn't see them when they first responded to the fire, while it was still dark. The bodies were found when firefighters returned to check for hot spots.

Riles says the fire is being investigated and autopsies have been ordered.

Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://www.nems360.com

Jamel Major will have more on this story later this evening on Action News 5 and WMCTV.com.

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