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Nashville man's body recovered in mobile home fire

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The body of a man was found inside a burned mobile home in Berrien County and Friday his roomate is in jail.

James Davis Jr. is in the Berrien County Jail as investigators work to determine whether Gus Jones was killed in the fire or was already dead when it was set.

This is all that's left of a mobile home on MLK Jr. Drive. Investigators think James Davis Jr. intentionally set the fire. His roommate 57-year old Gus Jones was inside and burned in the fire. Friends say it's difficult to realize he's gone.

"We be together everyday," said Earnest McCoy. "We just talk about different things. He loved fishing. We had a trip planned to do that and he left before we could do that."

Witnesses say Jones' body was pulled out of this bedroom.

The fire even caused the side of this house to melt. Investigators believe the fire started in the living room.

"My friends saw it told me about it and I came out and called 9-1-1," said Jeane Whitman.

Firefighters were dispatched around 3:45 Friday morning. Whitman lives next door and says the flames were huge.

"(They were) very, very big and hot, like a big inferno," said Whitman.

The Nashville fire chief says they've had several suspicious fires in that part of town and turned over the investigation to the state fire marshal. Investigators aren't sure how yet how Jones died.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Investigators hope it will answer questions about Gus Jones' death.

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