ATLANTA – Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced today that a residential fire in Heard County claimed the life of an unidentified elderly man.

On August 24th, 2022, the Heard County Fire Department requested assistance from Commissioner King’s Arson unit in reference to a residential fire in Franklin. It was reported to investigators that the structure was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived at the scene.

 “We are awaiting positive identification of the victim from the GBI Crime Lab, and, in the meantime, our investigators are conducting a thorough investigation into this incident,” said Commissioner King. “Due to the extreme levels of damage to the structure, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.”

Commissioner King’s Fire Investigations Unit is coordinating with the Heard County Fire Department and the Heard County Sheriff’s Department on this case.


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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