GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) — Driving down Cambron Street, you wouldn’t know a fatal fire had struck on the quiet Gadsden road. Wednesday morning around 8:00 a.m., Gadsden firefighters were called to 2400 block on a report of a small blaze inside a home.
“It wasn’t all that big, but it was involving a sofa which was giving off some toxic gases,” said Fire Chief Steve Carroll.
Those gases may have led to their next discovery. In the backroom, they found the body of 31-year-old Brandon Messer.
“It’s almost like losing a brother,” said Lanny Bolt, whose daughter leases the home and was allowing Messer to stay with her.
The Etowah County Deputy Coroner says Messer died of smoke inhalation.
Chief Carroll believes Messer tried to fight the fire. A pitcher of water sits charred in the bathroom sink, and he said the water was still running when his men showed up.
“He [Messer] was doing what he thought was right, but in the end it cost him his life,” said Chief Carroll. “What we want people to realize is this could cost you your life. You need to call the fire service immediately and get out of the house, and stay out of the house.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Copyright 2014 WIAT-TV CBS42