DeSoto County, state fire marshals investigating fire that killed two

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. -- Fire marshals are trying to figure out what caused a fire in Desoto County that left two men dead.

It happened in Eudora over the weekend.

"It's just a shock to us all," said neighbor Crystal James. "It's sad and our condolences go out to their families."

James said she was letting her dog out when the fire started early Saturday morning around 2:30.

"I let him out and all these lights are in my front door, so I didn't know exactly what was going on," she said.

Many neighbors told WREG they heard a loud boom and then when they looked at the house, it was fully engulfed in flames.

Fire officials are now trying to figure out what caused such destruction.

"This is a very complex fire because it was so fully involved by the time we got here, as you can see, it pretty much burned to the ground," said Josh Harper, deputy director for DeSoto County Emergency Services.

They're not releasing the names of the victims until after the autopsy, but said they believe they were two friends who lived together, in their 30s and early 40s.

One of them said to be a father of three.

"It's always hard," said Harper. "It's always difficult. I'm thankful the children weren't here this weekend; we didn't find them."

He said it appears one is also a former volunteer firefighter for the Eudora Fire Department.

"He was a really, really nice guy," said James. "Always spoke to us, you know if we've seen him out walking."

Neighbors said the victims often threw pool parties for the kids in the neighborhood and were nice people.

Fire officials say it could take anywhere from a day to a month to figure out the cause of the fire.