UPDATE: Officials looking into fatal Hephzibah fire

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (WRDW) -- Officials are looking into a fatal fire from Wednesday morning in Hephzibah, the Fire Marshall's office said.

The fire off of Mims Road started around 8:40 a.m. burning the home to ground, Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said.

When crew members first went through the home Wednesday morning, they didn’t find a body, Bowen said. They found the body when they came back out at 3 p.m.

They believe the man living inside the home set it on fire with the intention of killing himself, the Fire Marshall said.

The body needs a DNA analysis because it was too badly burned to identify.

Investigators don’t believe the fire is suspicious, but they will continue to investigate over the next few days, Bowen said.

The body is being sent to the Atlanta GBI lab and an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow, he said.

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