A Catoosa County, Ga., man is dead after a fire claimed his life on Christmas Day.
William Lackhouse, 66, was staying at his former brother-in-law's double-wide trailer on Jennie Lane in Tunnel Hill, Ga., when the residence caught fire Wednesday, authorities said. Firefighters said the blaze originated from the northeast corner of the home, Lackhouse's part of the residence.
Lackhouse used a wheelchair because of a medical condition, said Glenn Allen, a spokesman for state Insurance and Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens.
Lackhouse's housemates told investigators they had gone to deliver Christmas presents and that he called 10 minutes later to say he smelled smoke.
The family called 911 and turned around, but found the residence fully engulfed by fire upon returning. Relatives could not successfully remove Lackhouse from the home.
Steven Quinn, battalion chief for the Catoosa County Fire Department, said investigators visited the scene Wednesday night and Thursday. They had not confirmed the cause of the fire as of Thursday afternoon, but the residence was a total loss, he said.
Friends and family members gathered at the scene Thursday declined to comment.