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One dead in Douglas fire

Firefighters said it happened at a home on Whispering Pines Drive around 2:30 a.m. Firefighters said it happened at a home on Whispering Pines Drive around 2:30 a.m.
63-year old Thomas Prewett died in the blaze at his Whispering Pines Street home. 63-year old Thomas Prewett died in the blaze at his Whispering Pines Street home.
Fire crews and police responded to the home at 402 Whispering Pines Street when a resident called 911 around 2:30 a.m. Fire crews and police responded to the home at 402 Whispering Pines Street when a resident called 911 around 2:30 a.m.
Allisa Styles Allisa Styles
DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) -

Police are investigating a deadly overnight fire.

The fire only damaged a small part of the home, but investigators still haven't determined how it started.

According to a report, 63-year old Thomas Prewett died in the blaze at his Whispering Pines Street home.

Allisa Styles and her boyfriend are still surprised about the whole situation. She looked outside around 4 a.m. Monday

"I saw lights, and I thought someone was going to the hospital," said Stiles.

But as she looked harder she noticed crime scene tape and a crime lab truck parked in front of the home.

"When I came out my house I was like, 'crime lab investigation? Did somebody die, or did somebody get killed?' We was in awe," said Styles.

But Styles never saw flames or smoke.

Fire crews and police responded to the home at 402 Whispering Pines Street when the resident called 911 around 2:30 a.m.

Firefighters found a fire burning in a small room in the back and extinguished it quickly. But 63-year-old Thomas Prewett had already died.

"We're still investigating, trying to determine the cause of the fire, how it got started. We're being assisted by the state fire Marshall's office," said Sgt. Robert Sprinkle with the Douglas Police Department.

Sprinkle said the minimal damage is odd given the fact that someone died in the fire and investigators remained tight-lipped Monday about what they think may have happened.

We asked if there appeared to be any foul play involved.

"Now we don't have anything to indicate the actual cause of the fire one way or the other, but as of this time, no we don't suspect anything," said Sgt. Sprinkle.

Prewett's wife was the only other person home at the time and was able to get out safely.

Sprinkle says an autopsy will be done on Prewett at the crime lab in Macon and those results should help them narrow things down.

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