By Tia Lynn Ivey
Investigators determined the cause of a fatal fire in Good Hope last week that claimed the life of Stacy Malcom, a 57-year-old woman found dead after firefighters extinguished the flames at her property on Hardeman Mill Road.
According to Morgan County Fire Chief Jeff Stone, investigators determined the cause to be the “misuse of smoking materials” and ruled it an “accidental fire.”
According to Stone, Malcom was found dead in her bathtub, having succumbed to smoke inhalation before the fire ever reach her.
“Investigators determined the fire started next to her bed on the side of the room where the doors were,” said Stone. “We think she woke up to a room full of smoke and fire and sought refuge in the bathroom. Unfortunately she got trapped in there and couldn’t make it out.”
According to the Georgia Department of Insurance, the Morgan County Fire and Rescue responded to a call reporting a fire at 1381 Hardeman Mill on Sept. 28 at 10:50 p.m.
“When emergency personnel made their way inside the home, they discovered the body of Stacy Malcom,” the statement said.
“The home suffered extensive damage from the blaze,” said Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King. “The structure was 57 years old and 2,310 square feet at the time of the fire.”
Malcom, whose family hails from Bostwick, was well known and beloved in the community of local community there.
Stone is encouraging the community to ensure their home’s safety to avoid being harmed in a fire.
“October is fire safety month,” said Stone. “We urge all citizens to check their fire alarms and make sure they are in working order. We tell children and adults alike to have at least two exits in the home in case a fire breaks out and is blocking one of the exits.”