Man Killed In House Fire, Brother Rushed To Hospital

(Memphis) Fire investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a house fire the killed a person and injured another.

The fire broke out this morning at a house in the 3100 block of Radar and Gilmore Road.

When a family member is killed in a fire, standing up is not so easy.

J.B. Mason took a seat while attempting to make sense of a terrible situation.

“It’s one of the worse things to ever happen to me in my life,” Mason said. “I’ve had sisters and brothers to pass but nothing to happen like this.”

Mason said his brother-in-law, Eynwood Owen, was inside the house on Radar Street when it went up in flames.

The fire broke out around lunchtime on Saturday.

“The family is in distress right now. It’s kind of rough on them. It’s hard,” Mason explained.

The situation was so hard for some family members some of them broke down in tears.

All others could do was watch in disbelief as emergency crews work on the burned home.

Friends, family, and neighbors tried their best to hold on to the good memories.

“We used to travel all up and down the country for 20-25 years going different places.” Mason remembered.

From Ohio to Chicago, the 76-year-old fire victim was more than family, he was a friend.

“Now I won’t have him to travel with me,” Mason said.

Owen’s sons lived in the house with him.

Saturday, they sat on the curb across the street wondering what to do after losing their father and their home.

“Most things we going to miss about him is we won’t be able to talk to him, we won’t be able to be with him everyday, because we was still doing things together,” Mason said.

A second man, who family members said is Owen’s brother, was in the house at the time of the fire, but emergency crews said he was able to escape.

He was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation injuries and is expected to be okay.

Investigators are still working to figure out what caused the fire.