Fatal house fire takes elderly man's life

An East Texas man has died after a morning house fire just outside of Gladewater.

Authorities say the call came in around 6:30 this morning for the 5600 block of Sweetgum Road, just west of Gladewater.

Because of the location, it took crews from Gladewater, Clarksville City and Big Sandy around 15 minutes to get out there. When they did, they found the home engulfed in flames.

71 year old Earl Johnson died in the fire. While the official cause is still under investigation, they do say a heater may have been involved.

Cathryn Khalil / ckhalil@kltv.com