Firefighters find body inside home after extinguishing fire

(WMC-TV) - Family members grieved Sunday when they learned that a family member died in an early morning fire.

The fire happened at 73-year-old Charles Perkins' home around 2:30 a.m. Sunday on Norwood Street in South Memphis.

Perkins' son-in-law, Rev. Sherman Mason, said the death hit the family hard.

"All the grandchildren, my wife of course, but we'll make it through," said Mason.  "We'll make it through," he added.

There did not appear to be much damage at Perkins' home, but investigators said firefighters found his body inside after extinguishing the blaze.

"As of right now, all that we know is just that he died in the fire," said Mason.  "Until toxicology reports come back, we are really not going to know exactly what happened."

Family members said Perkins lived alone in the house.  Some of his relatives live next door.  Neighbors said Perkins had been a fixture in the neighborhood for nearly 40 years.

"Next thing I know, my girlfriend called me, she stay across the street and said that he dead, and I said, 'oh my God,'" said neighbor Cinnay Herson.

The investigation into the fire is ongoing.  Meanwhile, Mason and others said they are turning to faith for comfort.

"You know, things happens," said Mason.  "We never really know what God has in store or his plans, so ultimately we will just wait until the toxicology reports come back."

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