Fire investigators are investigating an early Wednesday morning fire in Lake Village that claimed the lives of three people and two pets. The bodies were discovered by Lake Village volunteer firefighters in a burning home at 905 North Lakeshore Drive, at the corner of North Lake Shore Drive and Connelly Road, according to Lake Village Police Chief Percy Wilburn.
Firefighters received the fire call at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. When they arrived at the burning home it was fully engulfed in flames, Wilburn said.
Wilburn said he was called to the scene at 2:20 a.m. when firefighters discovered a body in the house. Upon further investigation, two more bodies and two pets were found. The three victims appeared to be adults and the two pets appeared to be dogs, Wilburn said.
“I’ve been at this 28 years and it was tough to see,” Wilburn said. “This was a rough one.”
The names of the victims are being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of kin. The bodies have been sent to the state Crime Lab.
“We know who resides there but we want positive identification,” Wilburn said.
State Police criminal investigator Rick McKelvey and the Lake Village Police Department, along with the state Fire Marshall who brought arson dogs to the site, are all investigating the cause of the fire.
They have ruled out the use of accelerants, but an electrical fire or accidental fire remains a possibility, according to Wilburn.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.