Neighbors mourn Memphis man killed by fire

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Fire investigators spent Monday trying to determine what sparked a weekend house fire that killed a 75-year-old man.

When firefighters arrived at the burning house in the 1300 block of Greenwood early Sunday morning, they found George Taylor inside his kitchen.

"My neighbors, they were outside yelling and screaming. The whole house was in flames," said Taylor's neighbor, Porsha Johnson.

Taylor, who was bound to a wheel chair, was transported to The MED for smoke inhalation, where he later died.  His dog, an 11-month-old Chow named Queen, suffered burns.

"It was so much fire and debris falling on the back of her head and side," Johnson said. "She's burnt very badly."

Those who knew Taylor called him a good neighbor and friend.

"He was a nice guy," Johnson said. "Fun to be around. He would sit on his porch and play his harmonica and listen to the blues."

"He used to help my brothers and the neighbors kids with their bikes," neighbor Alexis Miller added. "He would help them, give them money, and take them to the store."

While fire investigators try to determine what started the fire, neighbors said their thoughts were with Taylor's family.

"We're just praying and trying to hold each other up," Johnson said.

Fire investigators said there was not a working smoke detector inside Taylor's home.

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