Washington Street fire under investigation after body found


A late afternoon house fire in the 100 block of Washington Street on Thursday resulted in authorities finding the body of a 62-year-old man.

Clay County Coroner Alvin Carter could not confirm the identity of the victim apart from his age, but said more details would be available once the family had been properly notified.

Carter said the call came in a little after 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon with first responders finding the body of a deceased male in one of the bedrooms of the house.

West Point Fire Chief Ken Wilbourne told the Daily Times Leader when the WPFD arrived on scene, the back of the house was fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters broke through one of the windows and then found the deceased man.

The cause of the fire has not been released as of Thursday evening.

“It was a brand new house, less than a year old,” Wilbourne said. “The fire marshal is coming in the morning when we have better lighting and we’ll see what we can find.”

Carter said the body of the deceased man will be sent to Pearl for an autopsy.

The Clay County Coroner’s Office, West Point Police Department and State Fire Marshal are still investigating the incident.