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Fatal fire still under investigation

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Authorities say the mobile home destroyed in a fatal Saturday fire was supposed to be vacant.

“The information we have is no one was actively renting it,” said Deputy Chief Ben Smith of Wilson Fire/Rescue Services.

Police and medical examiners were still working Sunday to identify the victim whose remains were found in the mobile home’s charred shell. The person’s name and gender have not been released.

Firefighters were dispatched to the Village Park Mobile Home Park at 301 Harper St. NE at 4:18 a.m. Saturday and found a single-wide mobile home engulfed in flames. The fire damaged four vacant mobile homes in the park.

Levi Hulme, who lives across the street from Village Park, said he believed the home where the fire started had been empty.

“There’s about eight trailers there that nobody stays in,” Hulme said Sunday. “I’m 35 and I know those trailers have been there for at least that long.”

The 301 Harper St. property is owned by Linda Joyner Linton and has an assessed value of $182,503, according to Wilson County tax records.

Hulme said his wife woke around 5 a.m. Saturday and saw Wilson firefighters spraying out the flames. He was grateful first responders were able to contain the blaze and prevent it from spreading.

Fire officials don’t suspect foul play but took samples from the debris.

“Everything is still pending,” Smith said. “It was a tragic fire and unfortunately somebody lost their life in it. There’s so much information we still don’t have.”

Medics from Wilson County EMS responded to the fire along with Wilson firefighters and police.

City of Wilson spokeswoman Rebecca Agner said more information would be available after an investigation into the incident is complete.

“Wilson Fire/Rescue Services and (the) Wilson Police Department are working collectively to complete the fire investigation and determine the cause and origin of the fire,” Agner said in a Saturday news release. “While no foul play is suspected, this fire is still considered under investigation.”

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