UPDATE (3:43 p.m.): WKRG News 5 spoke with a family member who identified the man as Charles Standberry. The family member said Standberry had just returned to his home Tuesday after having a stroke and being put in the hospital. Because of the stroke, Standberry had trouble getting up and down without help. He allegedly died in his bedroom. The family member said the fire was allegedly electrical and was caused by a space heater.
UPDATE (11:35 a.m.): A 72-year-old man is dead after a house fire in Mobile early Saturday morning. Stephen Millhouse with MFRD said firefighters arrived at the burning home on Booker Street. A man living in the home was trapped and couldn’t get out in time.
After the flames were extinguished, the man’s body was found. They believe he died from the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but Millhouse said they believe it was an accident at this point. The name of the victim was not released by MFRD.
ORIGINAL STORY: MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — It was a busy morning for firefighters in Mobile. Several crews were called out for a house fire in the 2900 block of Booker Street. The call came in at about 3 Saturday morning. This is a neighborhood near the I-65 at St. Stephens Road interchange.
Flames could be seen coming out of one of the windows. Smoke was billowing out of the home. It’s not clear what could have started the fire. We don’t know if anyone was hurt at this time. We have reached out to Mobile Fire Rescue for more information on this incident and are waiting to hear back.