Man killed in Midtown fire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man killed in Midtown fire

A fatal fire broke out Thursday morning in a building in the 1200 block of Peabody Avenue, the city's seventh fire death of 2005.

Killed in the fire was Michael Oxley, a local drummer who played with several well known bands.

Thomas Jackson owns the boarding home where the fire happened.

"It's real tough to deal with," he said. "I didn't lose a tenant. I lost a friend."

Fire investigator Chief Ron Brown said the fire started in Oxley's room. "Based on where the victim was found, I would say he was attempting to get out," Brown said. "He was actually at the door."

Thursday afternoon, the cause of the blaze was still under investigation. Jackson said one possible cause being looked into is whether Oxley had been smoking too close to his oxygen equipment.

"Mick had lung problems," Jackson said. "Apparently he was smoking with a tube in his nose."

Friends said Oxley was recently been released from the hospital, and appeared to be recovering well from lung treatments.

Oxley's death was the seventh fatal fire of 2005 in Memphis. The winter months often peak months for fires, as usage of space heaters, candles, and other devices rise.

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