AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – UPDATE: Friday morning’s fire on Huntington St. has been ruled an arson / homicide, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office has arrested 31-year-old Ricky Chevez Cooper in connection to the fire. He has been charged with murder and first-degree arson.
The Richmond County Coroner’s Office responded to 512 Huntington Street in reference to a fire death.
The victim, identified as 34-year-old Luis Edgardo Gonzalez, was found inside of the burning home by Augusta Firefighters while battling the blaze shortly after 2:00 am Friday morning.
Authorities say Gonzalez was homeless.
He was pronounced dead at 3:00 am.
Additionally, during the fireground operations, two firefighters sustained burns, one to the forearm and the other to the legs.
This is a developing story.