Authorities investigate deadly house fire


Firefighters say a man trapped inside a home on Lawton Avenue in SW Atlanta died after suffering burns.

ATLANTA - Neighbors say they're shocked to learn a man died from injuries in a southwest Atlanta house fire Tuesday morning.

Firefighters said the man was trapped in the home on Lawton Avenue as the fire burned.

A neighbor smelled smoke and called 911. When firefighters arrived, they kicked open the front door and tried to rescue the man inside.

They found a small fire burning in the bathroom and found the man in a bedroom. Firefighters rushed the victim to Grady Memorial Hospital where he later died.

A source told Channel 2 Action News the man suffered burns to his arms and face.

Neighbors said the man, whose identity has not been released, will be sorely missed.

"He's a very nice guy," said Vardiyah Yshra'al. "He never caused any trouble and I'm just really sorry not to have him as a neighbor."

Arson and homicide investigators searched the home, looking for anything suspicious.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

A dog found inside the home is in Animal Control custody.