Human remains discovered following Tazewell fire

The Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after finding the remains of two people in a mobile home fire.
Published: Jul. 29, 2021 at 12:04 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2021 at 12:12 PM EDT
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Two bodies found inside mobile home fire in Tazewell. Sam Luther is live on the scene

Posted by WVLT on Thursday, July 29, 2021

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after the remains of two people were found following a mobile home fire.

The identities of the remains have not been released, according to officials.

While officials haven’t said identities, neighbors say they believe the two people that died were the owners of the home that burned down.

One neighbor said they saw the man and woman being pulled out of the home from her front porch early Wednesday morning, while another saying they tried calling the couple several times during the fire but got no reply. Another eye witness said, “candles were burning in the windows when I went to bed around 12 o’ clock”.

Another neighbor said, “They’re the only ones that lived there. They didn’t let nobody stay in the house when they weren’t home. Because of this, they believe the home owners were the ones who didn’t make it out alive.

The Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division responded to 150 Payne Circle in Tazewell regarding a mobile home fire in progress. During the investigation, detectives found two sets of unidentified human remains.

The remains have been sent to the Knox County Regional Forensic Center for an autopsy and positive identification. The investigation into the identity of the remains and the cause of the fire is currently ongoing, according to officials.

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