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.

  • News on WMCTV.comNewsMore>>

  • Two people shot, killed in Memphis

    Two people shot, killed in Memphis

    Sunday, May 20 2018 7:27 PM EDT2018-05-20 23:27:34 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5 Archives)(Source: WMC Action News 5 Archives)
    (Source: WMC Action News 5 Archives)(Source: WMC Action News 5 Archives)

    Two people were shot and killed in Memphis on Sunday, according to Memphis Police Department. 

    More >>

    Two people were shot and killed in Memphis on Sunday, according to Memphis Police Department. 

    More >>
  • Civilian review board feels it has 'no power' when overseeing MPD

    Civilian review board feels it has 'no power' when overseeing MPD

    Sunday, May 20 2018 6:12 PM EDT2018-05-20 22:12:45 GMT
    Reverend Ralph White (Source: WMC Action News 5)Reverend Ralph White (Source: WMC Action News 5)
    Reverend Ralph White (Source: WMC Action News 5)Reverend Ralph White (Source: WMC Action News 5)

    The Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB) is tasked with investigating allegations of police misconduct, but it's chairman said instead of providing oversight, it's all just one big show. 

    More >>

    The Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB) is tasked with investigating allegations of police misconduct, but it's chairman said instead of providing oversight, it's all just one big show. 

    More >>
  • Man shot, killed in Raleigh

    Man shot, killed in Raleigh

    Sunday, May 20 2018 4:04 PM EDT2018-05-20 20:04:11 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

    Memphis Police are investigating a shooting that left a man dead. 

    More >>

    Memphis Police are investigating a shooting that left a man dead. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly