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Fire in Burke County claims two lives

12:28 PM, May 6, 2013   |    comments
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KEYSVILLE, Ga. -- A house fire Sunday evening killed a couple in Burke County.

The fire, which occurred around 8:30 p.m., killed Eddie James Waltower, 62, and his wife Sarah Waltower, 60, according to a press release from the Georgia Department of Insurance.

The house, located on the 100 block of Phillips Street in Keysville, Georgia, was heavily damaged.

The Fire Investigators with Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens' Office are investigating the fire, according to the press release.

"The initial investigation revealed that the fire originated on the rear porch of the residence near a freezer," Hudgens said. "We have not found anything suspicious about this tragic fire."

Both victims have been transported to the state crime lab for autopsies.

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