Lawrence County man killed in house fire

Lawrence County man killed in house fire

LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Lawrence County officials confirmed a man died in a house fire off County Road 324 Wednesday afternoon.

Fire crews said the call came in around 5 p.m. They said the was already on the ground when crews arrived.

Officials said the couple who lived there had gotten out of the house, but the husband went back in to get some papers and never came back out.

He was confirmed dead at the scene.

Sheriff Gene Mitchell identified him as Billy James.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Crews believe it started outside the home.

It was a modular home and had a metal frame.

James was in his late 50s. Neighbors say he had just retired a few weeks ago

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