AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Akron firefighters responded to two house fires Thursday night, one was deadly.
Alvin Watkins, 56, died in the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center Emergency Room after being pulled from a burning home.
Firefighters responded to Watkins' home in the 200 block of South Rhodes Avenue around 10:12 p.m. on Nov. 30.
Two other women, inside the house at the time, were transported as well.
Their conditions are not known.
A neighbor told firefighters the home may not have had power and candles were being used as lighting.
The second call for a house fire at 842 North Howard Street came in at 10:13 p.m. Firefighters said no one was at home at the time.
One woman who lives next door said Watkins was a nice man and that it's hard to believe he died just feet away from her home.
"It's a scary thought. That's why I have smoke detectors and CO2 Detectors," the neighbor said.
The fire department does not believe that the two fires are connected in any way.
"We received a call for a fire shortly after 10 p.m. last night. It was calls from neighbors," Lt. Sierjie Lash said.
The causes of the fires are still under investigation.