Spokeswoman Renita Shelton issued the following statement:
"The East Point Fire Department in conjunction with the Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the cause of an early morning fire claiming the life of a man to be accidental in nature. Investigators report the fire at 1788 Gillem Drive originated in the living room, and appears to have been caused by a candle igniting a sofa. Investigators also indicate the home had no smoke alarm.
East Point Fire was dispatched at 12:54 A.M., and arrived on scene at 1:02 A.M., finding the single story brick structure engulfed in flames. Crews swiftly connected to a water source, and launched a defensive attack, fighting the fire from outside the structure.
Once flames were knocked down a primary search was conducted, and the body of a 34-year-old male was found. The victim was the only occupant in the home, which suffered a loss of 80-90 percent, and he reportedly lived alone. "
Speaking on behalf of the Fire Department, Chief Rosemary R. Cloud said in a statement, “We are saddened by the loss of one of our residents, and our prayers are with the family. Today we will be canvassing the neighborhood where the fire occurred with fire safety information, and offer to install smoke alarms as well as provide home inspections.”
Barring an emergency call, fire trucks and crews will begin canvassing Gillem Drive at 5 p.m.
The fire department has still not released the victim's name.
The following East Point fire units responded: three engines, one tower, one command vehicle, car 901, car 913 and the public information officer for a total of 16 fire personnel on the scene. Rural Metro Ambulance was also on the scene, as well as East Point police.