Augusta motel fire victim identified

The man whose body was found after a fire Sunday at the Courtesy Motel on 15th Street has been identified.


Fredrick Neil Galloway, 43, died shortly before 7 p.m., according to a news release from Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen.

Galloway was found in the back portion of the motel room, which was on fire, Bowen said. An autopsy is scheduled today at the GBI crime lab in Augusta to determine the cause of death, he said.

Bowen said it will be several weeks before toxicology test results are complete, but said there were no signs of trauma or foul play.

The fire appears to be accidental and was likely started from smoking in bed, said Lt. Carlton Bradley with the Augusta Fire Department. Bradley theorized the fire blocked Galloway’s exit, which was why he retreated to the back of the room.

“It looks like it started on the bed closest to the door,” he said. “That’s what impeded him from getting out of there.”

Man dead after fire at motel