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Man found dead in townhouse fire

JONESBORO — Officials are investigating the death of a man found after a townhouse fire was extinguished Thursday morning.

Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services personnel responded to the blaze at about 10:59 a.m. at 2312 Coach Way in Jonesboro. Firefighters found flames shooting through the roof of a two-story townhouse at the complex just north of Mount Zion High School.

Capt. Walter Barber said fire units went to work to protect other structures.

“Units quickly deployed fire crews and were able to get the fire under control while protecting adjacent units from damage,” he said.

After the fire was under control, fire crews went inside the building and found the body of a man, Barber said.

Clayton County Fire Investigators and officials with the state fire marshal’s office conducted an initial investigation and determined the cause of the fire to have been electrical. No suspicious activity is suspected.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents were also on scene to determine the cause of death. Barber said the cause of death hasn’t been determined.

The victim has not been identified.