Neighbors remember Taunton man killed in fire

TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A Taunton man in his 60s was killed early Thursday morning in a fire at his Tremont Street home.

Police say a cab driver drove by the house at about 3:40 a.m. and called 911.

Upon arrival, firefighters battled heavy flames in the back of the house.

“Temperatures did affect the guys who have to work the scene, so it does take a toll on your body and the guys did a nice job combating some difficult conditions,” said Taunton Fire Chief Tim Bradshaw. “They had difficulty gaining access to barred windows. Report of victim on second floor — he succumbed to his injuries.”

Crews said the man appeared to be trying to escape, because his body was found laying by the front door of the home.

“The victim was a male, mid-sixties, succumbed from his injuries,” said Chief Bradshaw.

Investigators are still trying to determine his exact cause of death.

Michael Johnson, a neighbor of the victim, says he wasn’t married but he had a pitbull. It is unclear at this time if the dog has been found.

“He’s just going to be missed. He was a great man,” said Johnson.

The medical examiner was called to the scene and firefighters were able to fully contain the fire after about four hours.

Police have not disclosed the man’s name pending family notification.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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