published Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

GBI part of fatal fire investigation in Chatsworth

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A Chatsworth, Ga., man died Tuesday night in his burning home, authorities said.

The Murray County Fire Department responded to the blaze at 460 Hensley Road 7:29 p.m., according to a news release. The manufactured home on the site burned to the ground.

The Murray County Sheriff’s Office and fire department are working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and fire investigators from the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens’ office.

While foul play hasn’t been confirmed, circumstances surrounding the fire and death led Murray County officials to request assistance from the GBI.

“It’s a suspicious death,” said Jerry Scott, the GBI special agent in charge of the investigation. “There were some circumstances about that one that made us suspicious.”

The victim’s body has been taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy, according to the release.

His identity and the cause of death had not been positively determined as of Wednesday evening, said Safety Fire Commissioner spokesman Glen Allen. Allen expects an ID in the next couple of days.

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