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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Three people have died in a house fire in Oktibbeha County and authorities are looking for a third unaccounted for person.

Oktibbeha County Fire Services Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan says three bodies were found in the debris Thursday morning.

He has identified one of the victims as Geraldine Rice, who he says worked as a caregiver in the home. He says she was also a member of the District 5 Volunteer Fire Department.

No other names have been released.

First responders with the East Oktibbeha Fire Department arrived at the scene about 11:57 a.m. Wednesday. Rosenhan says the large wooden house was engulfed in flames and other fire departments were called in to assist with the blaze, which took several hours to extinguish.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.



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