Neighbors Say Man Found Dead After Fire Recently Lost Wife


PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — News 5 has confirmed with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office that a man found dead after a house fire in Pensacola died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The fire happened just after 10 p.m. Monday at a home on on West Detroit Boulevard. The fire gutted the home, and the commotion woke up the neighborhood.“We were hearing popping and cracking and he had guns in the house so I guess it might have been ammo,” said neighbor Sydney Crook.  

Firefighters found the body of a man as they were putting out the fire. Neighbors said he was a good man who recently lost his wife.

“He was a nice guy, he was a veteran like me, I had the honor of serving in the Marine Corps and he remembered his time, he went out to the VA a lot,” said neighbor Cliff Joiner.

Another neighbor said she had known the man for most of his life.

“It’s sad to me too, he was nice to us, he was real nice to us,” neighbor Phyllis Lee said.

Members of the State Fire Marshal’s office are still investigating the case. More information from the office may be available in the next day or so. News 5 also reached out to the victim’s family, but they declined our request for an interview. The victim has not been publicly identified by investigators.

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