Overnight Fire Claims Four Lives in Mississippi County

DECEMBER 16, 2004 - Posted at 8:42 a.m. CST, updated at 9:29 a.m. CST

MANILA, AR - Four people, including three children, are dead as the result of an overnight housefire in Mississippi County.

According to an incident report from the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department, the fire was reported at approximately 2:30 a.m., at 4361 West State Highway 18 near Razorback Concrete.  Manila firemen responding to the scene pulled four bodies from the burning house.  Witnesses told investigators with the Sheriff's Department that electric power in the area went out around 11:32 p.m. Wednesday evening.  It was restored at approximately 2:20 a.m. this morning, which is the same time the fire was spotted by a neighbor.  It is believed the fire may have started in a space heater in the home.

The victims are identified as 39-year-old Tena Rinehart, 17-year-old Tonya Tomblin, 14-year-old Brian Rinehart, and 11-year-old Robyn Rinehart.