Man killed in Atlanta house fire

ATLANTA — Authorities say a man has died in a house fire Friday morning.

Firefighters responded to the home on Cairo Street in northwest Atlanta after 8 a.m.

Channel 2′s Kristen Holloway says the house was vacant and authorities believe the victim was using it as a shelter.

Sgt. Cortez Stafford with Atlanta Fire Department said they see this a lot during the winter months and it’s not safe to seek shelter in a vacant home.

“The city of Atlanta has opened a number of warning shelters over the last couple of days especially when the temps get below freezing that’s the best course of action that we can suggest for people seeking shelter,” Cortez said.


Firefighters said the homeowner allowed the man to live in the home, but the house is somewhat boarded up and there is no power.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the fire, but we do know there is a grill and a space heater inside.

This is the second fire at a vacant home this week. The other was on Monday not too far from this fire on Griffin Street where firefighters believe another person was trying to stay warm. Thankfully no one died in that fire.

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