Death in Ellis Street house fire ruled as homicide


The Richmond County Coroner has ruled the cause of death in Monday’s fire on Ellis Street to be blunt force trauma to the head.

Investigators are treating 77-year-old Hubert Lee Bailey’s death as a homicide.

Count on NewsChannel 6 for more details as they’re available.

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Federal investigators have been called in to help uncover what happened to cause a house fire that killed the man who lived inside the home. NewsChannel 6 was able to confirm that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is helping with the deadly fire investigation. 

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office says the evidence suggests something “suspicious” happened. 

“Right now it’s being investigated as a suspicious death.  We are interviewing family, friends and any potential witnesses right now.  No arrests as of yet.” A spokesperson from RCSO tells NewsChannel 6. 

The Augusta Fire Department tells us they are assisting and treating the incident as “intentional/arson.” 

The coroner says the fire started just before 4 a.m. Monday on the 2200 block of Ellis Street at Milledge Road in Augusta, which is near Lake Olmstead. 

The man who died in the flames is 77-year-old Hubert Lee Bailey.

We asked the sheriff’s office if there have been any arrests or suspects listed as part of this case. We also asked if they are looking for any vehicles related to the incident. Finally, we asked if there is any evidence to suggest this case is related to any other crimes in the area in the recent past. The sheriff’s office tells us the information they can share at this time is that the case is “still under investigation.” 

Count on NewsChannel 6 for more details as they’re available.

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