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Jenkinsburg residential fire deemed 'suspicious'; Case remains under investigation

Sheriff Gene Pope characterized a Friday, March 26 residential structure fire as "suspicious."

Stations 4 and 5 responded to the 243 Oak Street fire in Jenkinsburg at 4:29 Friday afternoon.

Upon arrival, Engine 4 and Rescue 4 reported there was a single story family dwelling with smoke showing. County Fire Department Captain Robert Ridgeway said the fire was contained to one room and contents. The fire was extinguished and an investigator was requested.

Investigator Sean Wallace, who is handling the case for the Sheriff's Office, said there was one room involved.

Sheriff Pope said the living room was burned and there were no personal belongings in the house.

No one was injured in the structure fire.

Wallace said the number of residents has not been determined.

Sheriff Pope said the fire is still under investigation at this time and investigators are working with all parties involved to determine the cause of this fire.

Pope assumed responsibility of fire investigations at the request of county Administrator Alan White on behalf of the Board of Commissioners.

Wallace and Deputy Billy Cochran, along with the assistance of Butts County Fire Department Lieutenant Brad Forrest, have accepted the task of investigating the cause and origin of fires in the boundaries of Butts County.