Elderly man dies in overnight house fire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Ben Watson

Elderly man dies in overnight house fire

An elderly man died in an a house fire early Sunday morning.

According to investigators, firefighters were called to a house fire in the 1000 block of Clyde Avenue in Memphis just after 3:00 a.m. Sunday.

During a search of the home, firefighters found an elderly man unconscious in a kitchen area. 

The man, suffering from severe burns, was transported to the burn unit at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, where he later died.

Investigators said the home did not have a working smoke detector.

Pearl Hines lives next door to where the fire broke out. She says flames raced through the small home. "The fire was coming out of the side of the house there," she says.

She came out side just in time to see paramedics carrying the elderly man out. "He's an old man. He's an old man, yeah. Yeah, I see him every day picking up cans, he was picking up cans," adds Hines.

Firefighters arriving on the scene spotted smoke coming from the rear of the building. The man who died was found unconscious in the kitchen area.

"Its really sad. He didn't have no electricity, no lights or nothing on. I don't know how it caught on fire unless he had candles," the neighbor adds.

Neighbors were surprised to learn that the home did not have a working smoke detector.

"That's a bad idea, you need smoke detector regardless because if smoke starts how would you know its going on if you are sleep," says neighbor Eldridge Cole.

Fire investigators say the cause of the blaze here remains under investigation.

Investigators don't plan to release the name of the man who died here until his next of kin are notified.

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