As horrified neighbors watched, fire engulfs a Longview area mobile home, with the homeowner still inside. It happened at a mobile home park around 12:30 p.m. at 600 Harrison Road. Five fire crews converged on the Anchor Mobile Home Park after reports from neighbors that the home of long-time resident was on fire.
"By the time I got to my front window there was smoke billowing out of the front door of his trailer," said neighbor Michael Cleveland.
Neighbors tried desperately to break windows out and alert the homeowner to the fire. By the time firefighters arrived residents had tried to get the victim out with no success.
"My first thought was I hope he got out of it," Cleveland said.
"A lot of times out of this, much fire victims usually don't survive. Point of ignition to about three minutes, you have pretty much a non-survival incident," said Longview Assistant Fire Marshal Mark Moore.
Crews rescued the unresponsive victim, but he later died at an area hospital. Neighbors believe he was sleeping when the fire broke out, and was overcome by the smoke and flames by the time he did wake up.
The attention then was on stopping the fire before it could threaten other homes. The heat began to take a toll on firefighters, but the blaze was put out, leaving investigators now to find out why.
No one else was injured in the fire. The victim's name is not being released until notification of next of kin. Investigators have not determined a cause for the fire at this time.