Investigation to Identify Body After Fire

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — State and county investigators are trying to determine the cause and victim of a deadly fire overnight near Guntersville.

The Georgia Mountain Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Greenleaf Drive around 3:30 a.m. Friday.

Flames engulfed a 30-foot long camper trailer, and firefighters stayed for several hours.

Investigators found badly burned bones in the ashes, and called in Guntersville’s fire marshal, Jim Moon, and deputies from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.

“There were some remains that we are attempting to identify at this time,” Moon said.

Investigators are waiting on the results of an autopsy before releasing more information, but Moon said they were able to confirm remains of a person as well as a dog.

He said the camper’s owner was out of the state, and the owners of the house on whose property the camper sits were also out of the area.

“The person that was staying in the camper, they were not here at the time,” Moon said.

“They had gone to town, and some other people [were] staying with them and they had also left, and they were the ones that came back and discovered the fire.  I would assume one of them called but I don’t know at this time.”

Moon said he talked to three individuals, including the one who was staying at the camper.

The camper did not have an independent electrical supply and the occupants used extension cords that went into the house.

Moon said that could be the cause, but he and a state fire marshal are not sure.

“There’s a lot of things that have to be narrowed down, and we’re looking at electrical, they also had a wood-burning stove and we’re looking at that,” he said.

“There’s going to be a lot to have to look at.”

Investigators were in contact with the owners of the house, who returned Friday afternoon to meet with Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies and the fire marshals.

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