A fire claimed the life of one man early Thursday morning at a Hwy 82 Spur, Commerce, residence. The victim’s name has not been released, but he is described as a male in his 60s.
Jackson County authorities say firefighters from the Harrisburg, Maysville, and Jackson County Correction Institute (CI) fire departments responded to 5678 Hwy 82 Spur, Commerce, for a reported structure fire at 3:44 a.m. Firefighters reported 80 percent of the structure was in flames.
The victim was reported missing and was later located in the structure and pronounced dead on the scene, authorities said. No other injuries were reported and the incident was terminated at 6:22 a.m. Authorities are calling the residence a total loss.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office and the Harrisburg Fire Department.
The cause of death is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office, Jackson County Coroner’s Office and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.