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Blount Co. fatal fire investigated as a homicide

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ONEONTA, AL -

Authorities in Blount County are looking for the person or persons who tried to cover a murder with a house fire.

Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey says the Monday death of a 66-year-old man from Oneonta is being reviewed as homicide. On Monday night, fire crews responded to a house fire located in the 3100 block of Ebell Road near Oneonta. When crews arrived at the burning home, after 7 p.m., they found Donald Clayton Whited inside the house. Officials are awaiting a full autopsy report before determining and announcing the exact cause of death.  Meantime, D.A. Casey confirms that investigators are actively looking for clues and tips as they investigate this fatal fire as a homicide.

The Alabama Fire Marshal's Office is also investigating the cause of the fire.

If you have any information about this case, please call the Blount County Sheriff's Department at (205) 625-4127.

 

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