Man found dead in Seymour house fire

Man found dead in Seymour house fire

Charlie McMurray's wood frame house is a total loss. Charlie McMurray's wood frame house is a total loss.

October 31, 2006

6 News Reporter

SEYMOUR (WATE) -- Fire officials are investigating after a man was found dead in a house fire in Seymour early Tuesday morning.

Investigators have not officially released the man's identity yet but neighbors say he's Charlie McMurray.

A neighbor who lives several blocks away from the home in the 900 block of Hicks Way saw the flames and called 911.

The Seymour Volunteer Fire Department responded around 4:00 a.m. but the wood frame home was fully engulfed when they arrived.

"The back side of the home had already started falling in and at that point, we knew this is going to be a defensive attack," said Fire Chief Chuck Godfrey. 

It took fire crews about 45 minutes to put out the fire. The house is a total loss.

Firefighters said the damage was so bad, they didn't realize McMurray was inside for some time after putting out the flames.

McMurray's saddened family members came to the scene after they heard the news.

The Sevier County Sheriff's Department and the state fire marshal's office have taken over the investigation. They are working to determine the cause of McMurray's death and the cause of the fire.

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