Lowndes fire kills one this morning

August 11, 2014 10:02:31 AM

Sarah Fowler - [email protected]


A Lowndes County woman is dead following a mobile home fire this morning. 


Coroner Greg Merchant said the incident happened about 3:30 a.m. at 369 Downs Rd., in north Lowndes County. Neighbors heard an explosion and saw the mobile home engulfed in flames, according to Merchant. 


Emergency responders, after extinguishing the fire, found a female victim in the home's kitchen area. It was unclear if the woman was trying to escape, Merchant said, but he added that there was a door within several feet of her body. 


The body is being sent to Jackson for an autopsy.  


A neighbor at the scene this morning identified the victim as Gwen Robinson. She lived alone with four cats, the neighbor said. 


Merchant declined to release the woman's name, however, pending notification of family. 


She lived alone, Merchant said, and was the only person at home at the time. 


District 2 volunteer firefighters and EMT's with Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle responded to the scene. 


The Lowndes County Sheriff's Department and the state fire marshal are investigating. 


Dispatch reporter Andrew Hazzard contributed to this report.

Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.