Authorities Investigating Calhoun County Fatal House Fire

CALHOUN COUNTY, Fla. - The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office is still investigating a fire that ripped through a home in Altha, killing one person. 

Firefighters found the body inside the home Wednesday morning.

Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel said at this time, they do not suspect foul play.

However, they still haven't been able to identify the victim.

"We were notified through the office that there was a structure home fire," said Kimbrel.

Calhoun County Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel said authorities arrived at the home on Troy McCroan Road in around six o'clock after receiving a call about a fire.

"When the firefighters got there the house was fully engulfed."

Firefighters from the Altha, Nettle Ridge, Westside, and Magnolia departments battle the flames, then began to look for clues.

That's when authorities discovered the body.

"We feel like it was a male that we found, we're unsure because we have not identified the body yet....We cannot find the occupant of the house, and so we anticipate that is who it is and that would be a male," said Kimbrel.

Although they haven't positively identified the victim, authorities have some ideas. 

Kimbrel identified two people on the scene as the "mother and stepfather".

Neighbors also say they believe the person found dead inside the home was the resident.

They described him as their friend, and say he left behind several dogs.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) are joining the investigation.

Kimbrel has asked the the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to be on stand-by.

He's also hoping the State Fire Marshal's Office can come up with the answers. 


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