Man Killed In Fire Overnight Saturday

Monday, December 10, 2018
by Jim Miller - Radio Greeneville News

A man was killed sometime early Saturday morning when his home burned to the ground, according to the Greene County Sheriff's Department.

Around 2:30 Saturday afternoon, 911 received a call that a double-wide home at 845 Bright Hope Road had burned overnight, and that the owner was possibly still inside.

The Caney Branch and Orebank Volunteer Fire Departments responded and found the house completely burned and smoldering. Due to the location of the house being some distance from the roadway and surrounded by hills, the fire was not reported at the time it occurred.

The resident of the home, 83-year-old William "Bill" Johnson, was last seen alive by his caregiver around 10:30 Friday night. Remains were found in what appeared to be the kitchen area of the residence, and were sent to the William L. Jenkins Forensic Center for an autopsy and formal identification.

Investigators with the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office and detectives with the Greene County Sheriff's Department continue their investigation into the cause of the fire.

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