Body found inside Cobb basement after fire collapses floor


Body found inside Cobb basement after fire collapses floor

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This is what the house at 4949 Laurel Spring Drive NE looked like after a fire killed a person inside Dec. 22, 2017.

A body was found in the basement of a Cobb County home where firefighters had been fighting flames on Friday morning.

Denell Boyd, Cobb fire’s spokeswoman, said she did not know the identity of the person who was killed in the fire. Cobb police declined to comment or give an identity, saying that firefighters were handling the investigation.

A passerby called 911 at 10 a.m. to report the fire at 4949 Laurel Spring Drive NE in East Cobb, Boyd said.

Investigators have determined that the fire started in the basement and was an accident.

The flames were strong because it was a packed house, which provided lots of fuel, Boyd said.

“It was very difficult to fight the fire with the number of items in the home,” she said.

The flames were so intense that they caused the floor to collapse into the basement.

The timing of this fatal fire wasn’t lost on Boyd.

“It’s so close to Christmas. It’s difficult,” she said.

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