Scraps of metal are all that is left of a Neshoba County home after authorities say a fire broke out Tuesday afternoon at a home on County Road 325 in the Linwood Community. Arvis Neese says his wife was inside at the time and did not make it out.
"My wife was my life," Neese shares. "We've been together ever since I left the war. We've had a few problems the last couple of weeks, so we were going to give each other a little space."
Neese says he has been living next door with his mother for the last couple of weeks, but tells us he and his wife were trying to work thing out. Now, they will not have a chance to do so.
"That morning, I come down here and we hugged each others neck and said we'll work this out," he recalls. "We've been together too many years."
Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell says authorities are not releasing the name of the victim until an autopsy has been performed. Meanwhile, Waddell tells us fighting the fire in rainy weather was challenging.
"The conditions were poor," he admits. "They did an outstanding job, but by the time they arrived, the house was fully engulfed."
As for Neese, he says he is not sure how he will go on living without his beloved wife.
"I don't know what I'll do," he says.
Investigators say they are working to determine exactly what started the fire. This as family members of the victim work to make sense of what has happened.