Man killed in fire still unidentified

Putnam County authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in the remains of a shed that caught fire Sunday morning. 

The victim's name still was being withheld Sunday night pending positive identification, according to Putnam Fire Rescue Chief Shane Hill. A positive identification of the person killed will not be made by authorities until a medical examiner has confirmed it. The body was burned beyond recognition.

The fire broke out about 6:30 a.m. in the yard of a mobile home on Riverview Road near Lake Sinclair in the south end of the county, Hill said. The man, who is believed to be in his early 30s, reportedly was visiting friends and spent the night in the shed. They had planned to go deer hunting Sunday morning. A resident of the mobile home awakened and saw the shed on fire and called 911. 

"The origin of the fire was in the area of an extension cord; it appeared to follow the path of the cord," Hill said, noting it was believed to be electrical and an accident, but the exact cause is still being investigated.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, Hill said the shed was fully ablaze. It was a metal building with wood frame, approximately 20'x12'. 

Numerous agencies responded to the fire call, including firefighters from the county and the city of Eatonton, Putnam County Emergency Medical Services, Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Putnam Counbty Coroner's office, and the State Fire Marshall's Office. 

This was the first fire fatality reported in Putnam County in two years, Hill said. 

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