Firefighters locate body near blazes

WINDER - Barrow County firefighters discovered a man's body about 10 a.m. Thursday while responding to a call.

Firefighters were answering their fourth fire call since 11 p.m. Wednesday. In addition to the brush fire, they found the body in nearby woods at 513 Tucker Road, just off Carl-Bethlehem Road near Winder.

The man does not fit the description of anyone reported missing in Barrow County, said Chief Deputy Murray Kogod. Investigators are attempting to match him with missing men in surrounding counties.

The body has been sent to the crime lab for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. At press time, officials had not released details.

Lt. Scott Dakin, spokesman for Barrow County's Fire and Emergency Services, said firefighters extinguished three fires on abandoned structures on Hazel Moon Road, just down from Tucker Road, at 11 p.m. Wednesday night. One building was only partially destroyed. Crews were on the scene at Hazel Moon Road until

3:30 a.m.

At 7 a.m., firefighters returned to Hazel Moon Road to once again extinguish the partially burned building. At 10 a.m., firefighters were called to a brush fire at 513 Tucker Road, just up from the previous structure fires. Firefighters found the body in the woods.

Three Barrow County fires occurred overnight on Friday, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.

All but the Saturday fire are being investigated as a human act, although Dakin stopped short of calling them arson. Investigators are unsure if the fires are related.

"Someone can throw out a cigarette, start a fire and that is a human act," he said. "We have had 64 grass and woods fires since February 1."

Barrow County sheriff's investigators, crime lab personnel and investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are investigating the scene.