Homicide investigation underway after deadly fire in Catawba County

- A man discovered dead inside a burning home in Catawba County did not die from the fire, the Catawba County Sheriff's Office announced on Tuesday. 

Deputies said Harry Lewis Bruner Jr., 40, was shot to death inside the residence before the building was engulfed in flames. 

The fire happened on Saturday, August 5 at 2622 S US 321 Hwy in Newton. 

The cause and origin of the fire remains under investigation. 

 

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