ATLANTA – Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced today that William Lumley, 82, was killed in a Johnson County fire on Wednesday, October 27th.

The fire occurred around 1:35 pm and caused extensive damage to the 3200 square-foot shop building on West Main Street. The shop contained tractors, welding equipment, tires, and various parts. 

“Evidence indicates that Mr. Lumley was working in the shop at the time of the incident,” said Commissioner King. “Due to the severity of the fire loss, the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, and the victim’s body was sent to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy and positive identification.”

Commissioner King’s Fire Investigations Unit assisted the Johnson County Fire Department, Johnson County Sheriff's Office, and Johnson County Coroner's Office in this investigation. This marks the 94th death from a Georgia fire in 2021.



The mission of the Office of the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner 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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