BARTOW, Fla. (FOX 13) - The bodies of two people were found following a mobile home fire in Bartow, officials say.
Firefighters received a 911 call around 3:45 a.m. Friday, reporting a structure fire at 4630 Fighter Road. When they arrived, the mobile home was engulfed in flames, according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
Investigators said the home was rented to three people who were not related. A 50-year-old man who resides there escaped, Judd said during a Friday morning press conference.
"What he told us was that he was asleep in his room when he heard a thud or a noise that woke him up," Judd explained. "When he woke up, he saw that his room was consumed with smoke and he ran out of the mobile home. As soon as he ran out of the mobile home, the south end of the mobile home was totally involved in flames."
The south end of the home is where an 81-year-old man lived, and a 72-year-old woman lived in the north end of the home. Both of their bodies were located inside the scorched mobile home. They won't be publicly identified until officials complete the notification of kin process.
The State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, while the sheriff's office investigates the cause of death for both victims.