Friday, October 5, 2012
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Investigators say that the fire that burned this house trailer on Fortune Street in Worth County, killing Gregory Fulghum and injuring Betty Booth, likely started because of faulty electrical equipment.
SYLVESTER, Ga: One person has died and another been taken to Augusta for treatment of fire-related injuries after a home in Worth County caught fire this morning, officials say.
Worth County Coroner John Johnson says that first reports of the fire on Fortune Street came in around 6 a.m.
"They called me about 6:30 and put me on standby because they said there might be a handicapped person that was trapped inside in the house," Johnson said. "That appears to be what happened and that person is now deceased."
Glenn Allen from the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner's Office said that 48 year-old Gregory Fulghum died in the Friday morning fire. A woman living in the home with Fulghum, 64-year-old Betty Booth, sustained burns and smoke inhalation and was flown to Doctor's Hospital in Augusta for treatment.
Allen said that preliminary indications are that the fire appeared to be electrical in nature.