Fire kills young DeKalb County man

By Stephen McLamb

CROSSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A fatal fire in Crossville has taken the life of a DeKalb County man.

Firefighters found the man's body in the charred remains of a home in the Whitton community.

Officials have not confirmed the identity of the victim but family members feel the man who lived in the house was the person who died in the fire.

Family members said they believe it was 26-year-old Clay Burns who died in the fire at his home off county road 23 early Tuesday morning.

Sheriff's officials say neighbors called 911 around 5:30 AM and reported smoke and fire coming from the home.

Asbury and Geraldine fire departments responded.

It was when the fire was put out a body was located near a closet on the backside of the home.

Sheriff Jimmy Harris said they're not sure what caused the fire but some things have gotten their attention.

"We think it started toward the front of the house. There were a lot of space heaters in this residence . We had a lot of space heaters and of course the fire marshall's going to determine that for us," said Sheriff Harris.

Burns leaves behind a wife and four-year-old daughter, Gracie.

Family members declined comment but asked that people keep them in their prayers.

The state fire marshall's office is investigating.

Meanwhile, the body has been taken to the department of forensic sciences for an autopsy.

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