Historic Dent's funeral home destroyed from fire, fire officials say

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Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020
UPDATE: 7:30 P.M.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Richmond County Coroner's Office released new information about the body found at the old Dent's funeral home on D'Antignac St. after a fire broke out this morning.

The coroner says the fire totally destroyed the building and a body was found in the building after the fire was extinguished.

They say the body was burned beyond recognition and identification could not be made. They say the victim was a male.

The body will be sent to the GBI Lab for an autopsy and identification.

Update 3:00 P.M.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The coroner says they are on the way to Dent's undertaking building after they say a body was found at the scene.

The coroner did not confirm if it was related to the fire this morning.

Details are limited, and we're working to learn more. We will update as soon as we know more.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Augusta Fire & EMA says a historic building was lost to a fire this morning.

Fire officials say the old Dent's undertaking building, which has stood on D'Antignac St. since 1900, has burned down.

They say they responded to the abandoned funeral home around 5:00 a.m. According to officials, crews found an intense fire and began immediate search and rescue operations from what part of the building they could access.

Firefighters say they found a dog and pulled it to safety. The dog survived and is in custody of animal control.

Fire officials say there are no reports of injuries. Crews are still working at the scene attending to what remains of the building.

Investigators are looking into what caused the fire.