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UPDATED: Roswell Chicken Man's Home Explodes

A body was found inside Andrew Wordes' home after it exploded this afternoon, Monday, March 26, as Fulton County Marshals were on the property to evict him.

UPDATED: Monday, March 26, 7:08 p.m. Years of legal hassles - first over keeping chickens on his property, then over city code violations and finally over his foreclosure - came to an explosive end Monday afternoon when the Alpine Drive home of Andrew Wordes blew up while Fulton County Marshals were on the property to evict him.

Roswell Police Spokesman James McGee told Roswell Patch a body was found inside the home by firefighters, but could not confirm whether or not it was Wordes.

The home went up in flames following the explosion, which occurred just before 1 p.m. Fire Chief Ricky Spencer said the fire was put out just before 2:30 p.m., on Monday. He also said there were no injuries to emergency personnel, but could not give any further details about how the fire started, despite speculation by other media outlets. A full investigation could take anywhere from a few days to weeks until it's complete.

Police have not yet confirmed whether the explosion was an accident or intentional.

According to a Tweet by Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik, Wordes had called him just before the explosion to tell him to warn Marshals to leave because "it wasn't going to be pretty."

Wordes is known for his his long time . He spent when he graded his yard in an attempt to prevent flooding, he said. Wordes told Roswell Patch at the time that .

A motion had been filed to prevent the foreclosure and was still pending at the time of the explosion, according to several sources.

A friend of Wordes, Lee Fleck, forwarded Roswell Patch an e-mail sent to him during the wee hours of Monday morning, prior to a 9:30 a.m. hearing Wordes had concerning his property.

"My biggest concern is that since Roswell police officers should be at my scheduled trial at 9:30 a.m., Roswell Police and the [Fulton County] Marshall may think I am going to be in court and attempt to execute the writ of possession thinking I am not home. I am going to make sure I am outside in the morning in case they come by. As soon as I hear you have the order I am going to go to my 9:30 ... court hearing. Please call me as soon as you know anything so I can get my butt to court," he wrote in the e-mail.

Assistant City Attorney Bob Hulsey told Roswell Patch in an e-mail that there were no Roswell citations or court proceedings pending against Wordes.  

"My understanding is that today's events were precipitated by an order of eviction by Fulton Magistrate Court," he wrote.

Roswell Patch will bring you more details as we receive them.

Bob Pepalis (Editor) March 26, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Please follow terms of service on this site and use appropriate language. Also, I don't believe some readers have noticed that someone apparently died in this explosion.
Gray Elliott March 26, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I am so sad to hear that the Chicken Man might be gone. He fought for the personal freedoms and rights of everyone to maintain a source of eggs and poultry of their own, no matter where they lived. City government in Roswell should be ashamed of their draconian enforcement of ordinances that tread on the rights of private citizens. I realize the official report is not in, but what is written seems to indicate that the Chicken Man of Roswell was harassed to death by his local government.
Roswellishome March 27, 2012 at 12:33 PM
From all indications so far, this should serve as a wake up call to others to always protect their interests and have contingency plans in life. The city governments have layers upon layers of fines they can issue anyone if they feel so inclined as almost every homeowner is guilty of some law on the books, even if it was written in the early 1900's. It doesn't excuse what's happened here, but is does bring light to the human consequences of a man who felt he could no longer fight the bureaucracy, financially or emotionally. Pretty sad.
Lee Fleck March 31, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Gray, You are correct.

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