A Mount Olive man died in a mobile home fire at 131 Cleveland Drive on the late afternoon of July 9.
Mount Olive Police Chief Tommy Brown says the body of 62-year-old Eddie Ray Truzy, who lived alone in the mobile home, was found in the living room under a large pile of clothes after crews were able to extinguish the blaze.
The fire broke out shortly after 5 p.m. Efforts to gain entry into the blazing structure were unsuccessful for first responders when they arrived on scene, according to Mount Olive Fire Chief Greg Wiggins.
The fire most likely started in the kitchen, Wiggins said, but its exact cause has not been determined and is still under investigation.
Brown said the SBI was contacted and was also at the scene, which is routine in a death investigation.
Truzy was retired from Georgia-Pacific.
Fire and rescue units from Dudley, Calypso, Oak Wolfe and Smith Chapel assisted Mount Olive firefighters at the scene. Many of them remained there until 11 p.m
When the fire call came in, it was at the supper time of the day, but first responders had to forget about all that, Wiggins said. Local groups came to their aid.
“When we were at the scene and had no choice to leave until the job was done, McDonald’s of Mount Olive provided us with the best cheeseburgers and iced tea I have ever had,” he said.
“The auxiliary ladies of the Dudley Fire Department also came to our rescue with coffee and other needs. This is the kind of community response that makes it all worthwhile,” he said.