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Fairchild and Long collected consumables, mementos and possessions that remained largely undamaged by the fire and smoke. The fire consumed Long's room, but it spared small portions of Fairchild's room.
Early Sunday morning, a four-plex in the 1500 block of
"I'd see him occasionally. He was just as nice as could be," Long said.
The man, who officials have not yet identified, cared for his aging wife, who escaped the blaze.
Neighbors on the south side of the four-plex reportedly heard an explosion preceding the fire. The fire destroyed one car on the south side and totaled another.
"There's still stuff smoldering in my bedroom," Fairchild said.
Fairchild, whose two turtles died in the fire, said she and Long were fortunate to be away when the fire started. Long said, while salvaging what she could, that her renter's insurance would put the two of them in a hotel until they could find a new place.
A cause for the fire has not yet been determined. Grooms said this is the first fatal fire he's handled in nearly a decade and a half.
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