Four die in early morning fire in Panola County

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Four people, including two children, died in an early morning fire Friday in east Batesville.

28-year-old Stephanie Holman, 28-year-old Christopher Owens, 23-month-old Christian Owens and 9-year-old Dy'Darious Holman died when the fire broke out at about 5 a.m.

Panola County Coroner Gracie Grant-Gulledge said the family was found toward the back of the motor home, that was on Cotton Plant Road in east Batesville.

County emergency management deputy director Daniel Cole said the cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office.

Cole said this morning's fire marked the eighth fire-related death this year, making Panola County the highest in the state for fire-related fatalities.

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