An Ellabell man was burned to death Wednesday at his home near the Bulloch/Bryan county line, and authorities suspect his clothing caught fire as he burned off his property.
Bulloch County Sheriff's Inv. Jared Akins said William DuBose, 67, Walter Williams Road, was found by his wife on their porch, badly burned, around 1:52 p.m. Wednesday. Bulloch County EMS responded, and pronounced DuBose dead at the scene, he said.
"DuBose suffered obvious fire injuries," he said. "DuBose's wife indicated that he had previously expressed a desire to burn off a portion of their property, but she lost track of his activities for a considerable period of time this afternoon."
Bulloch County fire departments, including the Stilson-Leefield volunteer firefighters, responded as well, as there were brush fires in the area. Akins said it is possible DuBose was burning off winter growth on his property and somehow his clothing caught fire.
However, no ruling has been made in the death, as the investigation continues, he said. DuBose's body will be sent today to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Savannah for an autopsy. Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch said Wednesday no foul play is suspected in DeBose's death.
Futch said DuBose was badly burned all over his body, with what appeared to be second-degree burns. He too said it appeared possible that DuBose was burning property when his clothing may have ignited.
Anyone with information regarding DuBose's death is asked to contact Akins at 764-1789.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.