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Homeless Man Killed In Columbia Mobile Home Fire

Homeless Man Killed In Columbia Mobile Home Fire

CREATED Feb 17, 2014

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – A homeless man was killed in a mobile home fire in Maury County early Sunday morning.

Officials with the Columbia Fire Department said the fire was reported just before 3 a.m. at a residence on East 14th Street in Columbia.

Crews said heavy smoke and flames could be seen when they arrived on the scene of the fire.

Officers with the Columbia Police Department said they attempted to rescue the victim from the home, but were pushed back by the heavy flames.

Investigators said the owner of the property reported the home was unoccupied and did not have utilities running to it.

"I didn't know he was sleeping up there. I don't know how long he'd been donig it. They said he'd been sleeping out there on the streets or something," said owner Wesley Hay. "My son told me this morning he know him. My son does. I didn't know that man. Cause I wouldn't have allowed nobody staying up there like that."

The victim has not yet been identified. The cause of the fire was not immediately known, but Hay said officials told him the man could have fallen asleep while smoking.