Police investigate fire, death in Grayson

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By Staff Reports

UPDATE: The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that a man found burned at the scene of a fire last week died of a massive heart attack.
Sheriff Richard Vaughan announced the results of the medical examiner’s office on Feb. 1.
Ted Wright, 81, was burned by a grass fire at his home on Pine Mountain Road on Jan. 29. It appeared that he had been burning brush. Investigators were not sure if Wright died as the result of the fire or a medical condition.
The body was sent for an autopsy at the state lab in Roanoke.

ORIGINAL STORY: The results of an autopsy will help police in their investigation of the death of a Grayson County man on Tuesday.
Ted Wright, 81, died during a grass fire at his home, according to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department. But, investigators don’t know if he suffered a heart attack before the fire or after.
Grayson Investigator David Ashby said he conducted a preliminary investigation and nothing appeared suspicious about the fire. He is waiting on the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of the man’s death.
The Independence Volunteer Fire Department and Independence Volunteer Rescue Squad were both dispatched to Wright’s home at 881 Pine Mountain Road around 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 29.
It appeared that Wright might have been burning brush.
The fire was quickly extinguished by the fire department.
Wright's body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Roanoke.
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Independence is handling arrangements.