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Officials determine deadly Lee Co. fire caused by electrical malfunction

Lee Co. Fire Department put out the blaze (Source: WALB) Lee Co. Fire Department put out the blaze (Source: WALB)
One person was in the yard, and two were inside (Source: WALB) One person was in the yard, and two were inside (Source: WALB)
Reggie Rachals, Lee County Sheriff (Source: WALB) Reggie Rachals, Lee County Sheriff (Source: WALB)
LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said the cause of a deadly Friday morning house fire in Lee County was accidental.

The Lee County Fire Department was called to a Creekside Drive home about 5:30 Friday morning, to extinguish a fire.

Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals said that Louvineia Stewart, 91, and her daughter, Sarah Jenkins, 71, both died at Phoebe Putney. So far, the cause of death has not been determined. 

According to Rachals, Jerry Jenkins, who is Sarah's husband, is wheelchair bound and made it outside. He was found in the yard and survived.

"The 71-year-old had come out, but she had returned hoping to exit the building with her mother," said Rachals.

Hudgens said that after Sarah escaped the fire with her husband she went back into the home to save her mother.

Fire investigators determined that the fire started near the sofa and appears to have been caused by an electrical malfunction.

"We've lost two people of the community through this fire and it's a sad day," said Rachals.

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