- Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2020

TOOMSUBA, Miss. (AP) - An east Mississippi man is dead after officials say he drove a car into his mobile home, lit it on fire, and refused to come out.

Lauderdale County Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun tells WTOK-TV that 35-year-old Tony Gerzsenye died Wednesday night. Calhoun says Gerzsenye was found barricaded in a bedroom and appears to have died of smoke inhalation.

Calhoun says Gerzsenye was arguing with a woman at his home before he drove the car into the structure. The woman called sheriff’s deputies. Calhoun says deputies saw Gerzsenye lighting the curtains on fire inside.

Gerzsenye ignored pleas by emergency workers to come out from the burning house. Calhoun says deputies were faced with a fast-spreading fire and no one was able to enter until firefighters arrived.

Officials continue to investigate.



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