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Man killed in Titusville house fire identified

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Crews at the scene on Delta Street South. Source: Damian Johnson/WBRC Crews at the scene on Delta Street South. Source: Damian Johnson/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The identity of a man who died in a house fire in west Birmingham on Wednesday has been released.

The Jefferson County Coroner's Office identifies the victim as 74-year-old Milton Bray, Jr. He was killed in a house fire in the 500 block of Delta Street South.

"I just seen fire trucks, ambulance and police. I stopped and found out it was Charles' house. We didn't know at the time whether he was in the house or not," neighbor Ben Hill said.

Hill says he was hoping his friend was able to get out of his house which was engulfed in flames. He says the man was in his 70s.

But sadly Hill learned he didn't make it.

"It's always devastating to the community when someone leaves, passes on, but it's a price we're all going to pay. But I hate he went that way," Hill said.

"He was a good friend of ours. He knew us as kids growing up," Roy McCray said.

Lt. Bryan Harrell says the body of a male was found in the back of a home. An official identification has not yet been released. Harrell adds that the preliminary cause of fire appears to be a space heater.

Officials say this is the sixth fire fatality this year in Birmingham. Birmingham Fire Batallion Chief C.W. Mardis says most of those fatalities were caused by space heaters.

"We want to remind people space heaters need space, three feet all the way around. Don't use extension cords for space heaters. It's only a temporary source of heat," Harrell said.

But the victim's friends are a little confused about what may have caused the fire. That's because they didn't think the man had electricity in the house.

"He said he had electricity, but half the house, the back of it, is down. How can they have electricity going through the house? I don't understand that," McCray said.

"We always worried about Charles. He's an elderly fellow, by himself. He's got family that sees about him occasionally," Hill said.

State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk says a total of 30 people have died in house fires this year in Alabama.

Sherea Harris is gathering more information on this story so check back for updates. You can follow her on Twitter @ShereaHarris or on Facebook.

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