Accidental attic fire leaves Douglas County couple dead

Accidental attic fire leaves Douglas County couple dead

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A fire in Douglas County left two people dead on Sunday. (Credit: Georgia Department of Insurance)
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  • A Douglas County couple died in a fire Sunday.
  • The home did not have a smoke detector.
  • 77 people in Georgia have died in fires this year.

An early morning house fire was ruled accidental, but a husband and wife are dead, officials said. 

Boyd Weese, 80, and his wife, Evelyn Weese, 79, died in their Douglas County home, spokesman for the Office of Commissioner Insurance Glenn Allen said.

The home located at 64485 Ansley Blvd. in Lithia Springs was destroyed.

“My fire investigator determined that the blaze started in the attic of the home,” Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said. “We believe the fire was the result of an electrical malfunction.” 

Investigators found no signs of a working smoke alarm found inside the home, Allen said.

In July, a 6-year-old boy and his mother died after a cigarette started a fire in a trash can, Hudgens said.

The Weese deaths bring the total number of Georgians who have died as a result of a fire this year to 77, according to the state office. 

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