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Fitzgerald- The house is still standing, but the top floor of the Suwanee Street home is badly burned.

"We received a call approximately around 10:00 last night," says Captain Tommy Clark of the Fitzgerald Police Department. "Some neighbors across the street, somebody knocked on their door and told them that the house across the street was on fire. the neighbors ran over and began beating and banging on the door, busted the window out."

Police say there were two people inside, a female homeowner who was upstairs when the fire broke out, and a male boarder who was downstairs sleeping.

"The male boarder is the one that made it out okay. He was not burned at all. The only thing he stated to us at this time is that he was asleep when the neighbors broke out the windows and went to hollering."

Arson investigators from the state fire marshals office spent the day combing the house for clues, but police won't say if they believe there was any foul play or if the fire was intentionally set.

"At this time we're not releasing any information on this case until it goes further in the investigation," Clark says.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact the Fitzgerald police. Preliminary autopsy results are expected Friday afternoon.

Posted at 6:15 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com