Fatal West Point fire not yet ruled homicide

Investigators believe a fatal Thanksgiving Day fire was set ablaze intentionally.

Posted: Nov. 29, 2017 2:20 PM
Updated: Nov. 29, 2017 10:50 PM

WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) – Investigators believe a fatal Thanksgiving Day fire was set ablaze intentionally.

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The fire happened on Thursday, November 23 at a home on Washington Street. William Brownlee Sr., 62, was found dead inside his bedroom.

“No it’s not a homicide investigation at this point it’s not," said Police Chief Avery Cook. 

West Point Fire Chief Ken Wilbourne describes the fire as incendiary, which means it appears to be set intentionally.

Cook says Brownlee was home alone at the time of the fire. He confirms the investigation is not yet being treated as a homicide at this time.

"We still have to get the fire’s report, the state marshal’s report, and the coroner’s report and then we’ll be able to determine what’s really going on,” said the police chief.

Police also confirm the victim’s son and daughter-in-law also lived at the home. The only person inside during the fire was Mr. Brownlee.

Clay County Coroner Alvin Carter tells WTVA he is waiting on lab results from the state medical examiner’s office.

The fire department determined the home's smoke detector went off during the blaze. Chief Wilbourne says they are waiting on results to confirm how the fire was started. 

We’re told the family is being cooperative through the process of the investigation.

Stay with WTVA for further developments. 

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