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Man is killed in fire

MESENA, Ga. -- A 49-year-old man was killed when fire swept through his wood-frame home in Warren County on Friday night, authorities say.

Deputy Coroner Sandy Yelton identified the victim as Llewellyn Duval Reese, who lived on the 3400 block of Old Wire Road. An autopsy was performed at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Augusta on Saturday. Although the results of the autopsy are pending, Mrs. Yelton said preliminary indications are that Mr. Reese died from smoke inhalation.

Mr. Reese's body was discovered in the middle portion of his wood-frame home shortly after 9 p.m. Friday. He was pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m. after firefighters with the Warren County Fire/Rescue Services extinguished the fire, according to Nicki Thigpen, public information officer for the county fire department. Firefighters battled the blaze for about an hour and a half before bringing it under control.

The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen, Mrs. Yelton said.

Local fire officials have requested and are receiving assistance from investigators Allen Logue and Michael Crosby with the Georgia State Fire Marshal's Office to determine how the fire started. State investigators were to have re-examined the scene of the fire on Monday, Mrs. Yelton said.

Mr. Reese, who was a retired meat cutter, was the son of the late of the late Walter Llewellyn Reese and Myram Johnson Reese, of Mesena. Survivors include a sister, Maggie Webb and her husband, Roger and Mr. Reese's two nieces, Megan and Lauren Webb, all of Thomson.

Graveside services were held at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens near Thomson this past Tuesday.

Beggs Funeral Home in Thomson was in charge of all arrangements.

Web posted on Thursday, March 25, 2010

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