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Fatal Fire in Lyons
Sunday, 06 November 2011

November 6--  A Saturday night fire killed a man in Lyons.

Toombs County Coroner Ron Hall identifies the victim as 70-year-old Cecil Kersey of 144 Coleman Drive.  He was the only occupant of the brick home which is located off Highway 178 not far from the Oxford Distribution Center, according to the coroner.

Toombs County 911 dispatched the Lyons Fire Department to the fire just after six p.m.  Chief Darel Corley says the State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

"it's still under investigation.  We won't have anything till about Monday or Tuesday.  The house was on fire when we got there and the guy didn't make it out," he said.

The coroner says Mr. Kersey had one of his legs amputated a few years ago.  Chief Corley says he used a motorized wheelchair to get around and was found on the floor of his front room.  The coroner says he suspects smoke inhalation was the cause of death and that an autopsy will be done.

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