UPDATE: TBI identifies body found at Pawn Shop fire in Whitwell

UPDATED at 11:15am 5/19/16:  The body found in the Whitwell pawn shop fire has been identified as the owner, Jerry Don Ridge.

WHITWELL, Tenn. (WDEF) – Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Special Agents are on the scene of a suspicious fire in Whitwell from Tuesday.

It happened at Valley Pawn Brokers at 13401 Highway 28 Tuesday afternoon.

After firefighters put out the flames, they discovered a body inside.

Sheriff Bo Burnett calls the fire suspicious in nature.

He called in the TBI to handle the investigation.

The Mobile Crime Unit is on the way to the scene and officials expect a preliminary autopsy report later on Wednesday.

Neighbors believe the owner of the shop is the victim inside, but TBI officials have not officially identified the person at this time.

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