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UPDATE: Deadly Atlanta house fire now being considered suspicious

Atlanta police homicide detectives are now helping firefighters investigate an early morning house fire that killed a man in southeast Atlanta.

Crews found Edwin L. Haygood, 54, dead in an upstairs bedroom, Atlanta fire Sgt. Cortez Stafford said. 

Channel 2 Action News reported that Atlanta Fire Rescue confirmed Haygood’s death is now being considered suspicious due to injuries found on his head. 

“Because of the condition of the victim at the time, it is under investigation into how the fire started,” Stafford told Channel 2.

The fire started about 1 a.m. Monday in the 1400 block of Murray Street, according to authorities.

 

Stafford said crews arrived on the scene and saw “heavy fire conditions” from the second-floor windows.

“It looks like the fire was going really well when (crews) got there,” he said. “They had flames going about 20 to 30 feet in the air.”

Neighbors alerted firefighters someone was inside the home. Authorities found Haygood in the second-floor bedroom, Stafford said. He was pronounced dead on the scene. 

No one else was inside the home. 

Haygood was an Atlanta native and a carpenter, relatives told authorities. He specialized in woodworking. 

Edwin L. Haygood was killed early Monday in a house fire in southeast Atlanta. (Credit: Atlanta Fire Rescue)

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