BALL GROUND, Ga. -- Three bodies were recovered from the scene of a house fire in Cherokee County last Wednesday.
Cherokee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Jay Baker confirmed Monday that investigators used dental records to positively identify one of the victims as 46-year-old Darlene Norrell.
Officials responded to the fire on Spriggs Trail in Ball Ground at around 3:35 a.m. Wednesday, according to Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Tim Cavender. Neighbors called 911 after hearing an explosion at the house.
Cherokee County Fire Lt. Wesley Densmore said the split-level house had already burned to the ground by the time crews arrived.
Norrell's body was recovered from the rubble, as were two other bodies, Cavender said. The remaining victims are most likely Norrell's husband, 49-year-old Ricky Norrell, and the couples' 19-year-old daughter Lindsey. Family members, including Lindsey's fiance, have been unable to reach any of the Norrells since the fire.
Baker said officials must use DNA to positively identify the other two victims, and it could take weeks to get the results.
Officials are still looking into the cause of the fire. Baker said two cars were inside the house's garage, and investigators are exploring the possibility that the cars were linked to the explosion.