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Deputies: Body found following house fire

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NASHVILLE — Authorities discovered a body following an early Sunday morning house fire.

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Nashville Fire Department and Nash County Emergency Services fire marshal responded to a 1:27 a.m. house fire at 3315 Sykes Road.

Officials said deputies made contact with the homeowner’s next of kin, who indicated the man might have been inside when the fire occurred, Nash County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said in a news release.

After the fire was extinguished, an in-depth search of the home was conducted to determine the cause of the fire and to see if the homeowner was inside, officials said.

While inside the home, authorities discovered a body. According to family members, the body located is believed to be the homeowner, 84-year-old William Sherrod, Medina said.

An autopsy will be scheduled to determine the exact cause of death and or rule out any foul play, officials said.

Anyone with information on the fire is asked to call the Nash County Sheriff’s Office at 252-459-4121.