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UPDATE: Fatal Dawson County house fire’s cause ruled undetermined

The cause of a fatal November house fire in southern Dawson County has been ruled undetermined, according to Fire Marshal Jeff Bailey.

“The fire’s official cause was listed as undetermined but appeared to be electrical in nature and unintentional, and the sole occupant did die as a result of the [fire’s] combustion,” Bailey said.

Bailey explained that his office, the State Fire Marshal’s Office and a private firm hired by the insurer of the property all came to the conclusion that the fire looked to be accidental.

On Nov. 15, Dawson County’s Fire and Emergency Services requested the State Fire Marshal’s Office to respond to a residential fire with one recorded fatality on Kelly Bridge Road, according to a Nov. 18 press release. 

Emergency crews responded to a structure fire at a house off of Kelly Bridge Road at about 1:30 that morning, Fire and EMS Chief Troy Leist previously said to DCN. 

“After the fire was put out, firefighters located the victim’s body in the ashes of the residence,” Commissioner King said in the Nov. 18 release. “The victim was removed from the scene and transported to the GBI Crime Lab to learn the victim’s identity and cause of death.”

The 1,700-square foot-residence, which was around 72 years old, was completely destroyed by the fire. Authorities are still in the process of positively identifying the victim.

DCN will update this story once more information can be publicly released.