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Elderly man found dead in burned house in southeast Fort Worth

A 70-year-old man was found dead in this house in the 3600 block of South Hughes Avenue, Fort Worth firefighters said Monday.
A 70-year-old man was found dead in this house in the 3600 block of South Hughes Avenue, Fort Worth firefighters said Monday. WFAA

A man was found dead in his bedroom Monday afternoon by firefighters who quickly put out the fire in his house in the 3600 block of South Hughes Avenue, authorities said.

Neighbors tried to rescue the man by pulling burglar bars off the front door but were unsuccessful, said Lt. Kyle Falkner, a Fort Worth fire spokesman.

The fire was reported about 1:40 p.m. The first unit there reported heavy smoke coming from the one-story home.

Firefighters quickly located the man in his bedroom, Falkner said.

“They found the victim within a minute and that changed the focus of things at that point,” Falkner said. The fire was extinguished shortly after, and no one else was in the home.

The man was in his 70s, Falkner said. His name will be released after the Tarrant County medical examiner notifies relatives.

Last March, Eunice Middlebrook, 82, was found dead inside her house in the same block. Heavy fire near the front door and locked burglar bars briefly kept firefighters from entering, according to news reports.

The cause of the fires has not been released.

— Monica S. Nagy

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