Body ID sought in blast at Ga. 'Chicken Man' home

By the Associated Press | March 27, 2012 | 7:55 AM EDT

In this Jan. 18, 2011 photo, Andrew Wordes moves his animals around an enclosure in Roswell, Ga. An explosion on Monday, March 26, 2012, rocked the suburban Atlanta home of a man known for his fight to keep chickens on his property, and emergency officials say a body was found inside. Marshals had been on the scene for about two hours trying to evict Andrew Wordes, who's known as the "Chicken Man," when the explosion happened around 12:45 p.m., said Antonio Johnson of the Fulton County marshal's office. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Brant Sanderlin)

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — A medical examiner is working to identify the body found after an explosion and fire in the home of a suburban Atlanta man known for his fight to keep chickens on his property.

Authorities have not said if the body was that of Andrew Wordes, who was known as the "Chicken Man" for his long battle with officials in Roswell over keeping poultry and livestock.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports ( that the body could be identified as early as Tuesday, but the process might take longer if dental records are required.

The house that burned Monday belonged to Wordes. The house was in foreclosure and marshals were there to evict him. Instead, fire officials say someone poured gasoline in the house and set it on fire.