Fire In Burke County Claims Two Lives - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

Fire In Burke County Claims Two Lives

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Fire Investigators with Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens' office are investigating a Sunday evening house fire that claimed the lives of a Burke County couple.

The fire, which occurred around 8:30 p.m., killed 62-year-old Eddie James Waltower, and his 60-year-old wife Sarah Waltower.

The house, located at 167 Phillips Street, in Keysville, Georgia, was heavily damaged.

"The initial investigation revealed that the fire originated on the rear porch of the residence near a freezer," Hudgens said. "We have not found anything suspicious about this tragic fire."

Both victims have been transported to the state crime lab for autopsies.

Hudgens said fire investigators from his office were assisted by the Burke County Emergency Management Agency and the Burke County Sheriff's Office.

So far in 2013, there have been 56 fire fatalities reported in Georgia.

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