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Christmas Eve fire claims life
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A man thought to be Michael Dewayne Stoglin, 59, was found dead in this trailer home after a Christmas Eve fire.
A tragic Christmas Eve fire on Poplar Place resulted in the death of a man believed to be 59-year-old Michael Dewayne Stoglin. Dispatchers received the fire call at 1:56 a.m., and were reportedly told that someone might still be inside the home.Members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department’s Main Station, Short Mountain Highway, and Cookeville Highway Stations were dispatched to the scene, but the blaze had reportedly nearly consumed the structure by the time firefighters reached the scene.DeKalb EMS and members of the Sheriff's Department were also on the scene.The sheriff's department and the Tennessee Bomb and Arson Section have opened an investigation into the cause of the fire.While officials have not released the name of the deceased pending autopsy results and confirmation of a positive identification the autopsy was completed, and the body believed to be Stoglin was laid to rest Saturday.In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital in Stoglin’s memory.

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