Houston & Peach

Two dead after Friday fire in Fort Valley

Two people are dead after a fire in Fort Valley late Friday.

The Fort Valley Fire Department responded to a fire at 1010 N. First St. just before midnight, according to a news release on the department’s Facebook page. Alonzo Smith, 43, and Shakenya Smith, 16, were found injured inside and taken the Medical Center of Peach County, where both were pronounced dead just after 1 a.m. on Saturday.

“When they got there, they were not breathing,” said Peach County Coroner Kerry Rooks.

Officials believe the fire began in the kitchen and was related to cooking, but the investigation is ongoing. Exact causes of death are expected to be known after autopsies scheduled for Monday.

Jeremy Timmerman: 478-744-4331, @MTJTimm