- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a well-known garden designer has been killed while trying to save his dogs from a fire at his home in the east Georgia town of Lexington.

Oglethorpe County Coroner James Mathews said 72-year-old Ryan Gainey of Decatur died in the Friday night blaze at the house described as his second home.

Oglethorpe County Emergency Management Agency Director Douglas Spencer said flames had fully engulfed the house by the time firefighters arrived.

Gainey’s website includes a picture of his two Jack Russell terriers. Spencer tells WSB-TV (https://2wsb.tv/2aIOEzx) that it appears Gainey went back inside the house in an attempt to save the dogs.

Mary Pat Matheson, president and CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, said Gainey’s death is a great loss because he was so highly regarded as a designer and horticulturist.

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Information from: WSB-TV, https://www.wsbtv.com/index.html

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