Victim found day after Montgomery house fire

Victim found day after Montgomery house fire
The victim was found inside the home on Elm Avenue after the Sunday fire.
The Elm Avenue home was considered a total loss after the blaze. (Source: Montgomery Fire/Rescue)
The Elm Avenue home was considered a total loss after the blaze. (Source: Montgomery Fire/Rescue)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A Montgomery man died in a house fire Sunday evening on Elm Avenue. His body was not recovered until late Monday afternoon.

According to Montgomery Fire/Rescue, firefighters responded to the 3900 block of Elm Avenue at 9:22 p.m. Sunday after neighbors called to report smoke and flames coming from a home. The home was reported to be unoccupied.

Upon arrival, firefighters found that more than 50 percent of the home was on fire, and flames were beginning to spread to a neighboring home. MFR says firefighters could not safely enter the home so they attacked the fire from a defensive position, with three pumper trucks, a ladder truck, a medic, and a district chief on scene.

The fire was extinguished 36 minutes later, with the home considered a total loss.

The victim was found late Monday afternoon inside the destroyed home. The Office of City Investigations is reviewing MFR's response and procedure to determine the circumstances of the delayed recovery of the victim's body.

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