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One man dead after house fire early Christmas morning

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The Memphis Fire Department was investigating a fire that took the life of a South Memphis man on Christmas Day.

Snow flurries fell on what was left of the home.

"Look at it," said witness Jesse Farmer.  "Burnt up."

At 3:45 a.m. Saturday, the fire broke out in the living room of the house on Patton Street.

"I just woke up this morning and seen the house in blazes," said Randy Walters.  "I told my daughter to call 911."

Walters was in town for the holidays.  He said he saw a man at the home on Christmas Eve.

"I was wondering if he was still in the house," said Walters.  "But when the firemen came, I let them know someone was in there."

When they arrived, the Memphis Fire Department worked quickly to put out the blaze.

"They did a good job," said Walters.  "It didn't take them long to put the fire out."

A man was found dead in the living room.  The cause of death is unknown.  Investigators were waiting on the Shelby County Medical Examiner's report.

"That's horrible," said Farmer.

Fire investigators were still looking for the origin of the blaze.  Lt. Wayne Cook with the MFD said the home did not have a working smoke detector.

The name of the man killed has not been released.

Walters was upset that the fire happened on Christmas Day.

"His daughters came by here earlier," said Walters.  "It's just a sad sight."

The MFD urged citizens to maintain a working smoke detector.  You can apply for a free one by contacting the Fire Museum of Memphis at (901) 320-5650.

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