By Danza Johnson and Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of a Thursday morning house fire that killed one man and sent another to a burn center in Brandon.
Michael Brown, 40, of Southaven died of smoke inhalation at North Mississippi Medical Center at 12:29 p.m., an hour after his father’s home at 1507 Trace Ave. caught fire, according to Lee County Coroner Carolyn Gillentine-Green.
Brown’s father, Thomas Brown, 73, was transported to the Crossgates River Oaks Hospital in Brandon and was being treated for undisclosed injuries at its burn unit on Thursday.
Gillentine-Green said Michael Brown suffered from brain cancer.
Elizabeth Gray, Thomas Brown’s stepdaughter, said Michael Brown had been visiting his father at the home. All three were in the house at the time of the fire.
Gray said she was in the basement and smelled smoke when the fire started but didn’t know its origin.
The fire started just before 11:30 a.m., according to Tupelo fire training officer Romeco Traylor. It was contained to the living room area in the front section of the home.
Firemen arrived on the scene within five minutes of the initial call. The house was already engulfed in flames when they arrived, causing the home to be a total loss.
Thomas Brown made it out of the smoke-filled home first but Michael Brown had to be helped out minutes after it was already engulfed in flames.
No autopsy is being ordered on Michael Brown.
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