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95-year-old man dies in Chattanooga house fire

Staff Report • Mar 25, 2013 at 4:18 PM

CHATTANOOGA — Flames whipped by high wind quickly spread a house fire in Chattanooga and killed a 95-year-old man.

Chattanooga Fire Department spokesman Bruce Garner said the fire was discovered late Sunday night on the back porch of a home where a couple and the wife's elderly father lived.

The husband grabbed a fire extinguisher and tried to douse the flames, but they had become too intense.

The wife was unable to get her father out and firefighters later found his body on the floor, near the front door. The couple escaped.

Capt. Anthony Moore of the Fire Investigation Division later identified the man who died as Z.M. Tussey.

The medical examiner determined the victim died of smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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