AUTOPSY: Elderly Kinston Man Died From Smoke Inhalation

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An autopsy says an elderly man died from smoke inhalation after fire tore through his home.

Kinston police say 94-year-old Isaac Kirkman died Saturday night.

The fire department was called around 10:20 p.m. to the home on Holman Street where they discovered major fire and smoke. Kirkman was found inside and taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Neighbors say Kirkman lived in the home with his granddaughter, who they say wasn't home when the fire started.

Police are still investigating what sparked the fire.


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Authorities are investigating how a fire started that killed an elderly Kinston man.

Police say 94-year-old Isaac Kirkman died Saturday night.

The fire department was called around 10:20 p.m. to the home on Holman Street where they discovered major fire and smoke. Kirkman was found inside and taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Neighbors say Kirkman lived in the home with his granddaughter, who they say wasn't home when the fire started.

One nearby resident tried to go inside but the flames were too intense.

Raymond Rhem says, "I felt the door to see if I could get in but it was too hot. So I went behind the back, too much smoke so I couldn't get in."

Family says Kirkman fostered children in New Jersey and served in the military. They say he was also active in the church.

Damage is estimated at $65,000.

Police say the cause of the fire remains under investigation.




 
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