Officials did not release the victims’ names, pending identification at the crime lab, but did say both were males over the age of 50. Both fire and police officials said circumstances of the fire were still unclear late Tuesday night.
The fire started Tuesday around 6 p.m. at one house on Parker Street near Thomas Dorsey Drive. Officials said the victims died in the fire at the first home, which was believed to be some type of assisted living home. Both buildings were described by officials as “residential.”
Only one other person was in the first home — she was believed to be a caretaker or employee and was not injured. There was no one at home in the second house.
Officials said Tuesday night they believe the cause of the fire to be accidental.
“Right now it’s still under investigation,” said Carroll County Fire Chief Tracy Smith. “We trying to determine what happened.”
“We believe at this time it’s an accident but we’re still looking into it,” said Villa Rica Police Chief Michael Mansour.
Smith that when fire and police personnel arrived, the first home was “fully engulfed” and the second house was “about 40 percent involved.”
“We’ve interviewed the neighbors,” Mansour said. “A couple of kids observed the fire, went in and told their mother, probably two houses down, and they called 911 at that time. We have talked to the caretaker.”
The Douglas County Fire Department and Carrollton Fire Department also responded to the fire.