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Principal believed to be among 3 killed in Humphreys County fire

Posted: Updated: Jan 17, 2013 02:31 PM CST
Courtesy: Leaf-Chronicle/Holly Hoechstenbach Courtesy: Leaf-Chronicle/Holly Hoechstenbach
ERIN, Tenn. -

An elementary school principal in Erin is believed to be one of three victims who died in a house fire Wednesday in Humphreys County.

According to The Leaf Chronicle, officials have not released the identities of the victims but the property was owned by Carl and Elaine Hewitt.  Their couple's, Wade, also lived in the home.

Elaine Hewitt is listed as the principal of Erin Elementary School.

Classes were not in session Wednesday because of wintry weather.  Counselors were scheduled to be at Erin Elementary on Thursday to assist returning students, the paper reported.

In a statement, Houston County Schools Director Cathy Harvey said, "We are aware of a fire that occurred [Wednesday] in Humphreys County that impacts our school system.  Our thoughts are with the families and the community that has been affected. We are in touch with local law enforcement and will continue to ensure the safety of our students."

The fire broke out at the home located at 740 White Oak Creek Road around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.  A second home on the property also caught fire.

The bodies of the three victims have been sent to the state medical examiner's office for autopsy.

The cause of the fires has not been determined.  Investigators believe foul play could be involved.

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