Eufaula Fire Department investigating cause of fire that killed elderly man

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EUFAULA, Al. (WTVY) -- The Eufaula Fire Department and the state’s fire marshal office is working to determine the cause of a fire that killed a 94 year old man.

"When I saw the flames that high, I was really in panic", said Sue Woodley.

Woodley spoke to WTVY/WRGX earlier and said that she was watching a basketball game when the fire broke out. She went to get up and noticed the flames. The flames were massive she said. The flames were so large that she was able to see them from the window in front door.

"The flames were so high, I could see them in the mirror", said Woodley.

Woodley was the first person to call the fire department. She said she called them around 9:00 pm and speaking with the investigator for the fire department, they said they had the blaze under control in about 10 minutes. However, it was anything but easy when the fire department got there.

"The metal roof on it was glowing orange. That's how hot it was", said Paul Baker.

It wasn’t until they were able to get control of the blaze; that they found Willie “Mr. Jack” Brown’s body. As per procedure, his body wasn’t moved until the corner arrived. It was around 9:30 when they pronounced him dead.

A “loving person” is what one of his neighbors called him. He was someone who would anything to help his neighbors. Ramona Watson, who lives just a stone’s throw away from him, said whenever she had trouble with her yard he would always be there.

“He would always go up the hill or come up the hill... if I had trouble with my mower I could bring it down here and he'd crank me up", said Watson.

But it wasn’t just helping people with yard work. Even at 94 he would sweep leaves in his yard. But it was his kind heart for helping others with whatever they needed, was what Watson most remembers of him. He even used to help veterans in the area and attended a local Methodist church.

"At this point what we look for is all possible sources of ignition and we start ruling those out one by one”, said Baker.

The state fire marshal's office is leading the investigation into the cause of the fire.

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