TIPLERSVILLE – Tippah County’s first house fire of 2009 on Tuesday also produced this year’s first county fire fatality.

County Coroner David Hubbard said the body of Lee Foote, 65, was found in his 1070 County Road 310 residence, which was destroyed in the blaze.

A deputy on patrol found the house on fire about 4:02 a.m., and the Walnut Volunteer Fire Department responded.

Foote lived alone and was found in a bedroom, the coroner said.

Fire investigators said they don’t know the cause of the fire but believe it originated on the north side of the house.

– Southern Sentinel

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