UPDATE: Elderly Man Killed in Braxton County House Fire, Cause Likely Electrical

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 6/7/13 @ 6:30 p.m.
BRAXTON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Investigators say there's a good chance a fire that killed an elderly man in his home near Frametown was caused in part by electrical issues.

The fire broke out just before 10 p.m. Thursday at a mobile home. When firefighters got to the scene a short time later, they found the body of a 74-year-old man in the living room. The West Virginia Fire Marshal's office said there were no smoke detectors in the home.

Bonnie Brady, a friend and neighbor of the victim, said the man used a lot of extension cords in his home, which was an older mobile home. She said she had told him he needed to be careful.

"You need to get something done with your electric," Brady said of her advice to him. "I was scared for him."

Brady said when she saw the flames, she panicked and ran to her mother's house nearby. When she came back, she said the firefighters had sectioned off the area to fight the fire and they told her to go inside her home.

"They wouldn't let me come back over here. I had come in my back door," Brady said. "I sat in the door and watched, and they kept trying to make me go back in the house, but I didn't know if he was OK."

When she finally spoke to an officer, the news wasn't good.

"He was gone," she said. "I said, 'Is he dead?' They said yeah."

The West Virginia Fire Marshal is investigating what caused the fire. In addition to electrical problems, Assistant Fire Marshal Mark Lambert said the age of the trailer may have contributed to the fire.

"It was an older mobile home -- it looked like a 70s model, and older mobile homes do go up pretty fast," Lambert said.

Lambert's advice: make sure you have working smoke detectors in your home, and get any electrical problems checked out by an electrician.

Investigators aren't sure yet how the man died, but an autopsy is being conducted. They said while the cause of the fire isn't clear, it is likely electrical. Investigators don't believe it is suspicious.

The man's name will not be released until investigators can reach his family.



ORIGINAL STORY 6/7/13 @ 8:10 a.m.
BRAXTON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An elderly man has died in a house fire in Braxton County.

Mark Lambert with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office tells WSAZ.com the Frametown Volunteer Fire Department was called to the home around 9:50 Thursday night.

Investigators say the victim was a 74-year-old man. His body was found in the the living room. His name has not been released.

Lambert tells WSAZ.com at this time, they believe the fire was electrical. They do not believe it was suspicious.

Officials say there were no smoke detectors in the house.

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