Fatality in Local House Fire

A house fire took the life of a Newton man on Saturday evening.

At approximately 6:20 p.m. April 29, 2017, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a house fire on County Road 4001, also known as Bill Rowe Road.  The Newton Volunteer Fire Department, Sheriff’s Department and Police Department all responded to the fire.  NVFD arrived first and found an unresponsive male in the house.  Two firemen carried the man out to the porch area where he was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace, Mike Greer.  The man was identified as 32 year old, Christopher Lee Franks.  It is unknown what caused the fire.  The NVFD, NCSO and Fire Marshal are investigating the fire.

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