Update: Investigators ID victim in fatal South Fernwood fire

SAVANNAH, Ga. (SFES) – Savannah Fire investigators have released the name of the victim from Friday morning’s house fire at 2111 South Fernwood Drive.

Investigators say 89-year-old Curtis Townsend died at the home, which sustained heavy fire damage just after 12:25 a.m. Friday, May 26th.

An autopsy confirmed that no foul play was involved in Townsend’s death however the exact cause of death will not be known until the complete autopsy report is made available.

SFES investigators say it appears Townsend was on the back porch of the house at the time of the fire. Investigators say evidence indicates the fire was accidental and started in the kitchen, possibly from an appliance. The kitchen and back porch areas of the home sustained heavy fire damage.

Upon arriving at the scene, Savannah firefighters forced entry into the home to attack the blaze. They located Townsend on the back porch after the flames had been extinguished.


SAVANNAH, Ga. (SFES) – Savannah firefighters were dispatched to 2111 South Fernwood Drive just after 12:25 a.m. Friday, May 26, and encountered heavy smoke and flames in the rear of the house.

Firefighters forced entry into the home and attacked the flames, which had consumed a portion of the rear of the one-story house, including the kitchen area and a back porch.

Photo by Courtney Cole

After the flames had been extinguished, firefighters discovered a male victim deceased on the back porch of the home.

It is unknown if the victim was inside the home at the time of the fire or if he was outside the structure when the flames erupted.

SFES investigators say the victim suffered some burn injuries but the cause of death is undetermined at this time.

An autopsy will be scheduled to determine the cause of death.

SFES investigators combed through the scene early Friday morning and although they don’t believe the fire is suspicious in nature, they will continue their investigation in an effort to determine the cause and point of origin for the fire.


SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department and Savannah Fire responded to a deadly fire around 2:30 a.m. on Friday, May 26. The house is located in the 2100 block of S. Fernwood Drive near Skidaway. According to SCMPD, one person died.

We’ll continue to follow this story and update as more information is available.



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