2 dead in Geraldine house fire

2 dead in Geraldine house fire
Geraldine fire (Source: WAFF Viewer)
Geraldine fire (Source: WAFF Viewer)
Geraldine fire (Source: WAFF Viewer)
Geraldine fire (Source: WAFF Viewer)

GERALDINE, AL (WAFF) - Two people are dead following a house fire Friday morning in DeKalb County. It happened on Government Circle in Geraldine.

An official cause of the fire has not yet been determined but officials are looking closely at the possibility of space heaters, and neighbors in this public housing complex say they're not surprised.

"He was a real good man. Jason was a good man. He was a good father, great friend," said Shawna Armstrong, a relative.

Jason Koger has been identified as one of two people killed in the early morning house fire. Authorities are still attempting to notify next of kin for the second victim.

It all happened around 4 a.m. Fire crews arrived to find the home fully engulfed and were told a man and woman were inside.

"She was in the living room on a futon and he was in the back bedroom on the bed. Looks like they died of smoke inhalation," said Jonathan Buttram with the Geraldine Volunteer Fire Department.

Fire officials say a dog also died in the fire.

A cause is not official, but investigators are zeroing in on the possibility that wall-mounted electric heaters are suspect.

"There was some maintenance being done on the heaters yesterday there where the fire started," said Buttram.

Neighbor Celeste Stewart feels the old heaters are dangerous. She said those heaters burned the back of her loveseat and curtains in recent years.

"They were supposed to remove them, I believe, when they put central heat and air in, but I haven't seen them do it yet," said Stewart.

The fire is currently under investigation by the state fire marshal's office.

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