Two elderly cousins and an adult male died in an early morning house fire on Mildred Court.
Someone from inside the burning home called 911 at about 3 a.m. Friday, but the three did not escape the thick smoke.
Louise Howard, 77; her son, Calvin Howard, 29; and her cousin, Jessie Bivins, 81, died at the scene.
Chief Marvin Riggins said the family awakened to the fire and had a working smoke detector.
Operators lost contact and firefighters found the victims unconscious inside the house when they arrived.
Crews initiated CPR and life-saving efforts, but could not revive them.
The single-story, brick house sustained heavy damage on the left side.
A family member at the scene said it’s believed the fire might have started in a back bedroom.
Fire investigators are looking through the burned rooms to try to determine what started the blaze.
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