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Man killed in Thursday night house fire on Jones Street in LaFayette

Updated: Mar 12

Around 11:30 P.M. on the night of March 5, the City of LaFayette Fire Department responded to a residential fire off of Fortune Street in LaFayette, Georgia. When emergency personnel made their way inside the home, they discovered the body of John Wiley, 23, in one of the bedrooms.“It has been determined that the fire originated in the immediate area of the refrigerator and water heater. The 32-year-old, 900 square foot home was completely destroyed by the blaze,” said Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King. “The cause of this unfortunate fire has been ruled accidental. No smoke detectors were located in the home following the investigation.”Commissioner King’s Fire Investigations Unit assisted the City of LaFayette Fire Department and the City of LaFayette Police Department with this investigation.Wiley is the twenty-fourth victim to perish in a Georgia fire in 2020. No working smoke detectors were found in nineteen of the twenty-two fatal fires so far this year.

Previous: LaFayette Fire and Police Department responded around 11:30 PM Tuesday night to the area of Jones Street and Fortune Street in reference to a house fire. Once on the scene, they found the house fully involved in flames. Firefighters learned about a possible male inside and quickly made entry into the burning house. Shortly after making entry, they found a male victim inside and pulled the victim out. The male victim had fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Walker County Coroner was called to the scene. Walker County Fire Rescue was also called to the scene for assistance with the fire. According to Fire Chief Stacey Meeks John Wiley, 23, was the victim. The State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause. Meeks said the fire does appear to have started in the kitchen. There was no power in the home. Wiley's body was sent to the crime lab for autopsy. We will have further information on this as it is released. Audio and video from the scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lpCZGe-jwk