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Man dies in Sunday fire
Cause of blaze not yet determined
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Fire officials are investigating the cause of a deadly house fire Sunday that took the life of an elderly Statesboro man.

Mike Humphrey, 74, succumbed to smoke inhalation after his Teresa Drive home caught fire early Sunday, said Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch.

Statesboro firefighters received a call around 3 a.m. Sunday and within five minutes arrived at the Bel-Air subdivision home, said Statesboro fire Chief Tim Grams.

“The home was heavily involved upon arrival,” he said.

Firefighters began battling the blaze, and neighbors told them the victim was likely inside, he said.

Humphrey, who was reportedly disabled and under the care of a personal aid, was found inside the home. His body was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab for an autopsy, but Futch said the cause of death was believed to be smoke inhalation.

Firefighters determined the personal aid was not on duty and not at the home at the time.

Grams said the fire was called in by neighbors who reportedly “heard some type of loud noise or explosion” and discovered the home in flames.

The fire is being jointly investigated by the Statesboro Fire Department, the Statesboro Police Department and the state fire marshal, he said.

There is no suspicion of foul play, but when a fire involves a fatality, it is standard procedure for the fire marshal’s office to investigate, he said.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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