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Overnight fire leaves one dead

An overnight fire on South Lumpkin Street claimed the life of one person, according to the Athens-Clarke County Fire Department. A release from the department says that units were dispatched to the scene at 4:47 am on Sunday, arriving less than five minutes later. Firefighters beat back the blaze while searching for a possible victim trapped inside. The victim was found at the rear of the building, evacuated, and transported to a hospital, where they died.

ACC fire officials are investigating the cause and origin of the fire.

Martin Matheny was promoted to Program Director and Content Strategist on July 1, 2022. He has served as the Executive Producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters', and he covers local government for WUGA News. He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on WUGA at 10pm. 'Night Music' can also be heard statewide on the GPB Classical stream Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm. As part of 'Athens News Matters' Martin works with student interns to help cultivate the next generation of Public Media rock stars! In his spare time Martin is an amateur book binder and freelance musician who frequently performs with Big Band Athens playing bass trombone. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.