Man under house arrest killed in mobile home fire

(WMC-TV) – The small community in Marshall County is in mourning as they try to figure out what sparked a fire that took their neighbor's life.

The fire happened on Kent Road in Marshall County. The 911 call came in at about 6:43 a.m. Monday.

Neighbors say the homeowner arrived home from work and found her mobile home in flames. Her brother was inside.

"His sister works at night and when she got in this morning, it was gone, completely burnt to the ground," said neighbor Cheryl Crome.

Authorities have not released the name of the victim. However, Action News 5 was told he is a parolee.

"He was on house arrest," said Tracy Jeffries, Marshall County Sheriff's Department.

Jeffries says the victim's ankle bracelet went off around 1 a.m. but no one responded.

"From my information, the house arrest officer didn't contact the sheriff's office for someone to go out from there," said Jeffries.

While investigators are still trying to determine what ignited the blaze, they say it's a possibility that the fire could have burning for hours.

"I don't know if it went up so quick he couldn't get out or if he was asleep and the smoke got to him. I don't know," explained Jeffries.

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