A Henry County man is believed to have been killed in a Sunday home fire northeast of Paris.

Charles Garfinkel of Paris is presumed to have died in a house fire on Sunday at 7350 Whitlock Road.

Human remains presumed to be Garfinkel were found Wednesday, according to a press release from Henry County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Adam Jenkins.

The Sheriff’s Department has been actively investigating the fire since Sunday with assistance from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the TBI Fire Investigation Unit, the Cottage Grove, Como-Ore Springs, Oakland, Puryear and Springville volunteer fire departments, the Madison County Fire Investigations team, the Paris-Henry County Rescue Squad, the Cumberland K-9 team, the Henry County Highway Department and other members of the community.

When emergency personnel arrived on scene after the initial call Sunday, the house was engulfed in flames and burned to the ground.

Officers suspected Garfinkel, who was the homeowner, and his small dog were still in the residence.

Contact was made with family and it was confirmed that no one had spoken to Garfinkel since the fire.

Officers located the remains of the dog on Tuesday.

The human remains, presumed to be Garfinkel’s, have been sent to the medical examiner’s office in Nashville to try and confirm the identity through DNA testing.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

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