Officials identify body found in burned home

Published: Sep. 6, 2021 at 9:39 AM CDT
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SOMERVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - A body was found in a house after crews put out a fire in Somerville, according to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.

Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn identified the body as 53-year-old Dennis Malone. A family member says Malone actually went by the name “Boo.” Chunn said the lab is closed Monday and that an autopsy will be performed Tuesday to determine the cause of death.

Deputies say emergency crews received a call at 2:59 a.m. of a house on fire on East Upper River Rd. The cause is currently under investigation.

Investigator Caleb Brooks with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office says he responded to the scene after firefighters found Malone’s remains. Brooks says once they determined the victim was a male, they began contacting the home owner for more information, and that’s when Malone was identified.

Brooks says they’re continuing to talk with witnesses in the area, check into every lead, and investigate what started this fire. Brooks says the extensive damage of the house, can make things difficult.

”It is a challenge to have to go through the remains of the residence if a house is severely burnt and damaged due to the fire, and water damage from the fire department having to conduct their process of putting the fire out and making sure that a fire will not come back,” said Brooks.

Brooks says they want to bring justice and peace to family and friends of Malone if the cause of the fire was not accidental. WAFF will bring you updates as this story develops.

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