ATLANTA – Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced today that Vera Mae Jones, 76, was killed in an early morning Adel fire on Wednesday, August 25th.

The fire occurred around 1:53 am and completely destroyed the 2000 square-foot, single-story home on Callie Harris Road. Ms. Jones’s body was discovered in a rear bedroom. She was the lone occupant of the home.

“Due to the total destruction of the home, our investigators have yet to determine the cause of this tragic fire,” said Commissioner King. “We do know that utilities were connected and operational at the time of the fire, but there were no smoke alarms found in the home.”

Commissioner King’s Fire Investigations Unit assisted the Cook County Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office with this investigation.


The mission of the Office Commissioner of Insurance and Safety Fire is to protect Georgia families by providing access to vital insurance products and safe buildings through fair regulation that creates economic opportunities for all Georgians.

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