Man dies in Athens house fire

Published: Aug. 8, 2019 at 10:39 AM EDT
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Officials with the State Fire Marshal's Office are trying to figure out what caused a deadly house fire in Athens Wednesday night.

They say a man was found dead inside the home on North Road.

They aren't releasing his name at this time.

We're told a dog was also killed.

Authorities say three people lived there, two of them went to visit a neighbor and when they came back the house was up in flames around 8:45 p.m.

They say the home is destroyed.

Brett Strout, Athens Fire Chief, said, "Substantial, total loss. The house was built 1800's. Old post and beam traveled to places you wouldn't think it would travel."

The Red Cross is helping the family.