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The bodies of two men pulled from the burning remains of a charred home in the 3500 block of Wren Cove in the Eudora area Saturday morning have been sent for autopsy at the Mississippi State Crime Laboratory in Jackson.

DeSoto County Coroner Jeff Pounders has identified the two men as Danny "Red" Thomas, 42, and Sammy Artrip, 37.

The fire was first reported to authorities about 2:30 a.m. Eyewitnesses said flames shot into the air at upwards of between 20 and 30 feet.

According to Pounders, the the bodies of the two men were sent to the Mississippi Crime Lab in Jackson on Monday.

"It's (fire) still under investigation," Fire Marshal Bobby Storey said late Monday. "We had the State Fire Marshal's Office out there today. Their crew is still working it."

It's possible that fire investigators will comb through the charred ash and rubble again today in their search for more clues as to the origin of the early morning blaze.

The two men were last seen at a Lake-Of-The-Hills community barbecue on Friday night.

The two men were said to live in the same residence but had separate living quarters.

Each body was discovered in separate parts of the residence, according to Pounders.

The mobile home, which had been expanded to include wooden and sheetrock additions, was completely destroyed by fire.

The residence was located within the Eudora Fire District.

Thomas was a former volunteer firefighter for the Eudora Volunteer Fire Department and a former football player at Hernando High School.

Artrip had attended Northwest Mississippi Community College and was said to be an avid Ole Miss Rebels fan.

A GoFundMe Sam Artrip Memorial Fund has been established on Facebook.

Both men leave behind a large number of family and friends who are mourning their passing.

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.

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