The Yazoo City Fire Department responded to a house fire on Prentiss Avenue in Yazoo City around 4:00 a.m. on Monday morning.
Fire Marshall Kenneth Washington confirmed that Anna Ellis Spencer died as a result of the fire. Her body was sent to the Mississippi Medical Examiner’s Officer in Pearl for an autopsy.
Washington said that once firefighters arrived three fourths of the home was engulfed in flames. He said it took “all hands on deck” in order to get the fire under control.
“When we got the call about the fire we were told that someone was in the house, but it was about 30 minutes or so before we could actually find her,” said Washington.
Officials are still investigating as to what started the fire.