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Ocilla fire victim identified; possible cause determined

Jalessa Collins (Family photo) Jalessa Collins (Family photo)
Arriving crews found the mobile home on East 6th Street and McKinley fully engulfed around 7 a.m. Friday. Arriving crews found the mobile home on East 6th Street and McKinley fully engulfed around 7 a.m. Friday.
OCILLA, GA (WALB) -

Officials confirmed that one woman died in an early morning fire in Ocilla Friday.

Firefighters and investigators continued to work on the scene the Ocilla home that was destroyed by fire Friday morning.

Family members said the victim is 25-year-old Jalessa Collins. She died just one day before her birthday, February 21st.

"It's just hard to believe that she's gone, you know?" said Collins' sister April Jackson.

Insurance and Safety Fire Commission Ralph Hudgen's office said the cause appeared to be electrical. Collins' body will be sent to the state crime lab for autopsy.

"Prayers. They need all the prayers right now. The comfort and they just need for the community to continue to pray," said fellow church member Jackie Smith.

Arriving crews found the mobile home on East 6th Street and McKinley fully engulfed around 7 a.m. Friday.

A cell phone was first recovered from the debris, indicating that a person was likely inside.

Collins body will be sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy to determine the official cause of death.

An investigator with the State Fire Marshal's office was also called to the scene.

Family members say if you would like to make donations, Collins' mom works at the Ocilla flash foods or you can drop off donations at area churches.

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