Two killed in Mississippi County house fire

Deadly house fire in Blytheville
(Source: KAIT)
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BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Two people died in a house fire in Blytheville Saturday morning.

According to Lt. Samuel Bourland with the Blytheville Fire Department, crews responded to a fire on North 11th Street at 6:08 a.m.

The fire began in the area where a bed-ridden woman, 79-year-old Margaret Tomlinson, was. The caregiver told investigators that the woman often smoked in bed, which Bourland said could have caused the fire.

A neighbor told Region 8 News she and the Tomlinsons have been friends for several years which is why she was just shocked when she learned what had happened.

"I felt really bad and I was so afraid of what had happened because she's a good person," the neighbor said. "We're thinking about them and everybody that I talked is sorry about what happened."

The woman's son, 52-year-old Bill Tomlinson, was found dead at the bottom of the stairs.

Bourland said his room was on the second floor and they believe he was trying to get out when he was overcome with smoke.

Blytheville fire crews also worked a fire at the Federal Compress on Elm Street Saturday morning.

Bourland said they were called to that fire around 5:45 a.m.

There was minor damage to the warehouse and the cause of that fire is under investigation.

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