DUDLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Two people are dead after a fire engulfed their home early Monday morning.
County coroner Richard Stanley says the two bodies were so badly burned they couldn’t be immediately identified.
However, according to Glenn Allen, with the State Fire Marshal, the two are Phillip and Patsy Manning.
Laurens County fire chief Don Bryant says a passerby noticed an orange glow in the middle of the night and called the fire department.
He adds he knew the couple from when they were young.
“I knew the family from years ago. I hadn’t had any contact with them recently, but they were about my age. Back when we were going to school, they went to one of our rival schools. I knew the folks a little,” Bryant said.
Bryant says the house is a total loss.
Investigators haven’t determined what caused the fire — but believe it could’ve started near the garage, the part of the house that received the most damage.