UPDATE: One Victim in Bunche Street Fire Killed From Gunshot Wound Prior to Fire Second Victim is Still Unidentified
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UPDATE 8:58 a.m. 11/20
Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd says they have positively identified one of the two men found dead after a house fire on Bunche Street last week as 47-year-old George Williams III.
Byrd says the preliminary autopsy shows Williams died from a gunshot wound prior to the fire.
Officials positively identified Williams through dental records. They haven’t been able to positively identify the other deceased man yet and cannot find any dental record for him.
Going forward they will need to go through the DNA analysis process which could up to several weeks, to a few months.
Byrd says the cause of death for the second man is undetermined as of now, while they continue investigation and until he is positively identified.
UPDATE 5:26 p.m. 11/18
One of the men killed during Thursday night's fire on Bunche Street has been identified.
Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd confirmed 47-year-old George Williams III was one of the men found in the home.
Byrd would not confirm the identify of the second person killed in the fire.
Investigators say the fire is suspicious and is being treated as an arson.
Major Steve Parrish with the Dothan Police Department says the department is waiting on autopsy results which may not be made available until later this week.
UPDATE 4:33 p.m. 11/17/14
We could soon know the identities of two men found dead inside a burned home last week in Dothan.
Authorities are investigating the Thursday night fire on Bunche Street as an arson.
The Alabama Department of Forensic Science hopes to have autopsy results on the two victims back Tuesday.
The home belonged to late Dothan City Commissioner George Williams.
Press Release from Dothan Fire Department:
On November 13, 2014 the Dothan Police and Fire Department responded to 500 West Bunche Street in reference to a structure fire involving a single story home. The first fire units arrived within five (5) minutes to find heavy fire conditions from the home. Although fire crews quickly began the extinguishment process, it took several hours to bring the fire under control due to the advanced state upon arrival. This incident was quickly determined to be suspicious in nature therefore, a joint investigation was immediately launched between the Police Department and Fire Department.
Investigators from both Departments have been on scene throughout the night. At this time we can confirm two (2) fatalities at the scene. Foul play is suspected in this case and the scene will be processed accordingly. Officials cannot confirm the identity of the deceased at this time. As the investigation continues and details become available information will be released.
UPDATE 8:18 am:
Dothan fire investigators are being cautious while looking into the house fire that killed two people last night in Dothan.
They are having a difficult time getting into the home because the floor is not stable.
One firefighter fell through the floor this morning and was injured.
Two are dead in a Thursday night fire, which occurred late Thursday night on 500 Bunche Street. Foul play is suspected. Stay with News 4 for the latest on the case.
The Dothan Fire Department responded to a fire at 500 Bunche Street in Dothan on Thursday night. The home was destroyed in the blaze.
Firefighters were not immediately able to get into the home to check injuries or put out the flames due to a gas line.
Just before 2 AM on Friday, crews were still putting out hot spots.
Battalion Chief Chris Etheredge said investigators will continue their investigation after daylight.
An update from fire officials is expected on Friday.
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