One dead after Altha house fire

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ALTHA, GA -- (WTVY) Authorities are investigating a house fire that left one man dead in Calhoun County.

The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office received a call about a structure fire on Troy McCroan Road in Altha at 6:09 a.m. Wednesday.

Officials said when they responded to the fire, they found the house fully engulfed in flames.

They found a body inside, but have not been able to identify the individual.

Calhoun County Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel said they made contact with the homeowner at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday morning because he thought someone was on the property.

When an officer responded, neither the officer nor the homeowner found anyone.

When the Sheriff's deputies responded to the fire at 6:09 a.m., they were unable to find the homeowner.

"I elected to ask the firefighters, which were all volunteers, Altha, Nettle Ridge, Magnolia, West Side, that were on scene to use a minimal amount of water to try and extinguish the fire without damaging what was left of the structure in case it would turn into a crime scene," Sheriff Kimbrel said.

Several of the homeowner's dogs were outside the home Thursday afternoon, including a litter of puppies that neighbors said are only about two weeks old.

Sheriff Kimbrel said they're working with the Humane Society to find them new homes.

A complete autopsy is is scheduled for Thursday. The 14th Judicial Circuit's Medical Examiner is using dental records to help identify the body.

Sheriff Kimbrel said they hope to release an identity by the end of the week.

Officials don't suspect foul play.

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