MONROE COUNTY, Ga. — UPDATE: An unidentified body has been found in the debris of a Monroe County house fire.
According to a news release, deputies initially responded to a ‘disturbance call’ at a home on Faith Court in Juliette around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The caller told dispatch that someone was trying to harm him and that his house was on fire.
Monroe County EMS was sent to the home and when deputies got to the scene, they noticed the home was completely dark and had what looked like abandoned vehicles in the driveway.
Deputies went to the front door to announce they were at the scene and found it was nailed shut.
They then tried the side door and received no response before moving to the back door where they saw smoke coming from inside.
Responders forced their way into the home and rescued a dog inside, but the smoke was so thick they couldn’t make it more than a yard in, says the release.
The fire was under control by 11:15 p.m.
Investigators were able to go through the remains of home Wednesday morning, and they found a body in the basement. It will be sent to the GBI Crime Lab for identification and an autopsy.
A news release from Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King says a 44-year-old man passed away in the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.
Investigators are looking for one man after a Tuesday night fire destroyed a home.
According to Monroe County Emergency Services Director Matt Jackson, a call came in around 10:30 p.m. for a domestic dispute.
When deputies arrived, the house at 27 Faith Court was on fire.
Crews put the fire out in about half an hour, but they stayed out there all night and into Wednesday morning.
About 20 firefighters between the Monroe County Fire Department and volunteer staff assisted, and five firefighters with the Macon-Bibb engine crew helped.
Right now, investigators don't know what caused the fire.
Jackson says the house still has hotspots and isn’t safe. The home has severe damage, and it's a total loss.
They are still looking for the man living inside. There were two dogs living at the home.
Jackson says one dog hasn’t been found and the other one was found by a neighbor.
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