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Cumming Man, Dog Die in Fire

A neighbor tells Cumming Patch, "he was a good man and loved his little dog."

A 64-year-old man and his dog died Friday morning following a structure fire in a single-wide mobile home.

Forsyth County firefighters responded to the scene of the fire located at 101 Sawnee Drive in the city of Cumming around 8:24 a.m.

According to a press release, as firefighters were attacking the fire inside the mobile home they quickly discovered the body of Marcus Junior Sams who was unresponsive. He was immediately removed from the residence but had succumbed to undetermined injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Division Chief Jason Shivers said that Sams had a small mixed breed dog that also died.

Marian McWilliams, a neighbor, told Cumming Patch that Sams was a good man and loved his little dog.

While the exact cause and origin of the fire is under investigation, authorities believe the fire to be accidental.

"There's nothing about it that appears suspicious," said Shivers.

The fire was contained to the structure of the mobile home and no additional injuries or damage to neighboring structures occurred.

An exact cause of Sams' death is not yet available pending autopsy and toxicology results.

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