3 Dead In 2 Suspicious House Fires In Humphreys County
HUMPHREYS COUNTY, Tenn. (AP/NewsChannel5)– On Thursday, investigators will be back on the scene of house fire in Humphreys County where three people were found dead on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, officials in Humphreys County were called to two house fires on White Oak Creek Road, near Steed Road in Waverly.
State Fire Marshal's Office spokesman Christopher Garrett said both homes belonged to Carl and Elaine Hewitt. Three bodies were found in one of the houses.
They have not yet been identified, but investigators have determined that all the vehicles belonging to the couple were at the home. Their son, Wade, also lived with them.
Investigators said no one has heard from the family since before the fires.
The cause of the fires were unknown, however, foul play is suspected.
Investigators stayed at the scene overnight to keep watch. They will be back on the scene around 9 a.m. Thursday to continue their investigation into what caused the fire.
Elaine Hewitt was the principal at Erin Elementary School. Grief counselors will be on hand at the school on Thursday.
Wednesday night, many teachers held a prayer service at the Erin Church of Nazarene.
"She was there for the kids. She loved the kids," said Houston County High School Director Linda McDonough. "The kids were first. The kids were first. She loved them. She just wasn't doing a job. She loved each and every one of them."
Longtime educator and Houston County School Board member Robert Mitchell, who knew the Hewitt family, said she will be hard to replace.
"I probably have known 40 principals. She may be the best I ever saw," he said.
The Director of Houston County Schools, Cathy Harvey, released a statement Wednesday, saying:
"We are aware of a fire that occurred today in Humphreys County that impacts our school system. However, we do not have any details at this time to share on behalf of the 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."