PAINESVILLE, Ohio (WOIO) - One man was killed in an early morning house fire Tuesday and firefighters said their rescue efforts were “severely hampered” by hoarding conditions and a partial roof collapse.
“He was a good guy. Good hard worker. He was looking forward to a lot in life, so it was kind of sad,” Christopher Lyons, a man who lives next door to the burnt house, said.
Painesville firefighters said the victim was found inside a two-story apartment home at 550 Mentor Avenue.
911 dispatchers received a call from Lyons around 2:30 a.m. for a possible structure fire in the area. “I tried to get him in time but I couldn’t get him to wake. I think he was already gone,” he said.
Firefighters said they arrived four minutes later and found the the home well involved in flames.
The fire was brought under control around 4 a.m.
According to a nephew of the victim, the victim’s sons lowered their father’s flag on the property to half-staff in his honor.
At this time, no information on the victim is being released.
Marvin Williams, who also lives on Mentor Avenue, said the community is willing to assist the family of the victim. “If you guys need anything, feel free to reach out to us in the community. We’re all here to help,” he said.
Firefighters said the cause of the blaze remains under investigation, but the building is a total loss.