Man, 55, dies from smoke inhalation after kitchen fire
05
February

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , /


COUNTY WHERE THOSE NEARBY WOKE UP TO THAT NEWS. REPORTER: NEIGHBORS SAY THERE WAS A LOT OF SMOKE COMING OUT OF THIS SECTION OF THE BUILDING HERE AT RAY BURN MANOR WHEN THAT FIRE WAS REPORTED. ALL OF THAT SMOKE TAKING THE LIFE OF A 55-YEAR-OLD MAN, AND FIRE OFFICIALS SAY IT WAS ALL AN ACCIDENT. VIRGINIA IS TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF A TRAGIC SITUATION. EVERYBODY LOVED HIM. REPORTER: HOW ARE YOU FEELING RIGHT NOW? UM, I KNOW HE WASN’T MY FAMILY, BUT HE WAS LIKE FAMILY TO ME. AND THIS HURTS. REPORTER: HER FRIEND AND NEIGHBOR, 55-YEAR-OLD HOWARD HOPPER, WAS KILLED AFTER A FIRE INSIDE HIS KITCHEN. SHE SAID SHE COULD SMELL THE SMOKE AND PULLED THE ALARM TO GET EVERYONE OUTSIDE. ANOTHER NEIGHBOR CALLED FOR HELP. WHEN I CALLED 911 THEY SAID TO GET EVERYONE OUT OF THE APARTMENT. AND I SEEN EVERYBODY ELSE, BUT I DIDN’T SEE HIM AND THAT’S WHEN EVERYBODY ELSE WAS SAYING HE WAS STILL IN THERE. REPORTER: HOPPER WAS STILL IN HIS APARTMENT, BUT BY THE TIME CREWS GOT TO HIM IT WAS TOO LATE. THE LOSS, HEARTBREAKING TO DEMARIA. I FEEL LIKE THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN SOMETHING MORE I COULD HAVE DONE. WE TRIED GETTING IN HIS APARTMENT BEFORE THE FIRE DEPARTMENT CAME HERE, AND WE COULDN’T GET IN. REPORTER: SHE SAID HE WAS FUNNY, KIND, AND SPOILED THE KIDS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. NOW THIS COMMUNITY IS COMING TOGETHER. THIS AFFECTED A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE. I JUST, I CAN’T IMAGINE HOW HIS FAMILY IS FEEL WHEN I KNOW HOW


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