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2 killed in DeSoto County fire

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Artrip and Thomas (Source: Family) Artrip and Thomas (Source: Family)

Two people were killed in a fire in DeSoto County on Saturday morning.

DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department officials said the fire happened in the 3500 block of Wren Cove in Hernando.

Two men were found dead inside the mobile home.

Nothing is left in the mobile home. Neighbors noticed the fire around 3 a.m. Saturday. By then, flames were already shooting 30 feet into the air.

“You couldn't get anywhere near it, it was already too far gone,” neighbor Steve Gay said.

Family and friends said the home belonged to 37-year-old Samuel Artrip and 41-year-old Danny Thomas. Artip's family set up this GoFundMe page to help raise money for the family in this time of need.

Artrip’s sister said Samuel was a dedicated family man.

“He had three children,” Jackie Artrip said. “He loved his momma and his kids, and he loved Jesus. And he's going to be very missed, very missed.”

Family members said Danny loved to be outside, hunt, and fish. He was also a volunteer firefighter for several years.

“Danny was a good guy,” friend David Conlee said. “I know he had two or three brothers; he was just a good, good guy. It'll never be the same coming back down here.”

Jackie Artrip said her family will be taking care of Samuel’s children, aged 3, 7, and 17.

“They got plenty of family that loves them, and we're going to stand by them and take care of them every step of the way,” she said. “We're going to make sure that they always remember him. He is never going to be forgotten.”

DCSD is investigating the cause of the fire.

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