Fire that killed East Point man ruled accidental - CBS46 News

Fire that killed East Point man ruled accidental

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The East Point Fire Department, in conjunction with the Georgia State Fire Marshal's Office, determined the cause of an early morning fire claiming the life of a man to be "accidental in nature."

That fire started just after 1 a.m. on Gillem Street in East Point.

Fire officials told CBS Atlanta News early Tuesday morning that flames were shooting through the roof of the home when fire crews arrived.

Investigators determined the fire originated in the living room and appeared to have been caused by a candle igniting a sofa. Investigators also indicate the home had no smoke alarm.

It took firefighters 20 minutes to get the blaze under control.

When fire teams made entry into the home, the body of man in his 30s was discovered.

Speaking on behalf of the Fire Department, Chief Rosemary R. Cloud said, "We are saddened by the loss of one of our residents, and our prayers are with the family. Today we will be canvassing the neighborhood where the fire occurred with fire safety information, and offer to install smoke alarms as well as provide home inspections."

Neighbors who knew the victim are devastated.

"My deepest sympathies go out," said neighbor Rashad Cain. "I hope everything is well and God bless."

The victim was the only occupant in the home and reportedly lived alone. Police have not released his identity.

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