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Death Of Nashville Man In House Fire Ruled A Homicide

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Investigators looking into the death of a 52-year-old Nashville man in a house fire have ruled the incident as a homicide.

Alexander Ray, his wife, an adult stepson, and three step-grandchildren were inside the family's home on McGavock Pike near Glenmeade Drive when the fire broke out around 6:30 a.m. on August 5. 

Fire officials found Ray's badly burned body in the basement where he reportedly slept. No one else was hurt.

The home suffered smoke and fire damage, but was not a total loss. The cause of the fire was under investigation, but was not initially believed to be suspicious.

"There are a lot of fire investigators here on the scene—not because the fire looks suspicious at this time. Just because it's such a serious incident where somebody has died in the fire," said Nashville Fire Deputy Chief Kim Lawson. "Fire investigators are here to try determine where exactly the fire started, and why it started."

Officials said the home had working smoke alarms on the main floors of the home, but there did not appear to be one in the basement. A family cat also perished in the fire.

The Red Cross responded to help assist the family.

Information that led investigators to believe Ray was killed were not released. The exact cause of death was not released.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said they had identified a person of interest in the case and were pursuing other "strong" leads.

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