Augusta Man Dead in Apartment Fire

12:00 AM, Feb 22, 2009   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- An apartment complex fire in Augusta has killed one man and left the residents of 20 units temporarily homeless.

Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald says 58-year-old John Fox Dryden III died in Saturday morning's blaze on his birthday.

Augusta Fire Chief Howard Willis says the fire at Richmond Summit was limited to Dryden's apartment. Dryden was wheelchair-bound.

Willis says nearby apartments had smoke and water damage. He says a sprinkler system prevented more damage. The fire was reported about 3 a.m. Saturday. The cause remains under investigation.

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