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Update: Lamont Street fire victim identified

December 9th, 2011 3:54 pm by Rex Barber

Update: Lamont Street fire victim identified

The identity of a man found dead at a Lamont Street house fire earlier this week has been released.
Johnson City police said the body of 60-year-old Billy Ray Southerland, 700 Lamont St., was found early Wednesday morning when firefighters responded to a fire at that location.
When firefighters arrived around 1:30 a.m., flames were seen coming from the back and side of the duplex house. Firefighters began to battle the blaze and went in the back entrance, where Southerland was found.
Because a body was found, firefighters took extra care to preserve the scene for fire marshals to investigate.
Fire marshals spent most of the day Wednesday combing through the scene for clues to the fire. The house is located at the corner of Lamont and Frances streets. Frances was closed from Lamont down to Hamilton Street while the fire marshals worked Wednesday.
Police did not release a suspected cause of the fire, but did say no foul play was suspected in Southerland’s death.
The Johnson City Fire Department’s Fire Marshal’s office and the Johnson City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division worked on the case. The case will remain open pending the final results of Southerland’s autopsy, which was performed at the William L. Jenkins Forensic Center at East Tennessee State University.
It took firefighters about one hour to put out the fire but they remained on the scene for a few hours.
No one else was injured in the fire.

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