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Deadly fire leaves extensive damage

A deceased body was found inside a home in Mt. Juliet Monday evening after a fire was reported.

Around 4 p.m., Mt. Juliet Fire received a call about a confirmed structure fire at West Division Street. They also had credible information that the structure was home to one or two residents, leading first responders to discover one body in the home.

As of publication, the identity of the body has not been released, nor has the cause of death been confirmed.

According to Captain Tyler Chandler of the Mt. Juliet Police Department, an officer was flagged down by a driver and alerted of the fire. MJPD requested additional resources and state officers be sent to the scene as well.

An investigative team consisting of FDMJ, MJPD, TBI and the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office are working together to determine the origin and cause of the fire and the circumstances surrounding the fatality, according the Mt. Juliet Fire Department’s Facebook page.

The fire, which appeared to be a garage, was converted to a residence on one half and a storage building on the other.

According to MJPD, detectives have determined there was no indication of foul play, and they are working to positively identify the individual and cause of death. The scene has been released back to the property owner.

Though there was extensive damage to the building, Fire Chief Jamie Luffman praised the response of the FDMJ in extinguishing the fire and keeping others safe.

No other details have been released, and the investigation is still ongoing.

 

This page will continue to be updated as more details about the investigation are revealed.

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