ROCKINGHAM — A man was killed in an early morning fire last week, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
A press release issued Monday states that patrol deputies were dispatched to assist the East Rockingham Fire Department with a structure fire on the corner of Hannah Pickett Avenue and Safie Fifth Street around 3:38 a.m. Aug. 2.
Firemen and deputies were reportedly told that someone may have been inside. Two deputies who arrived on scene reportedly tried to enter the home, but were hindered by fire and smoke.
Once firefighters arrived, they reportedly began fire suppression and rescue efforts. Crews reportedly found 61-year-old Tony Cameron Wright, of the home, unresponsive.
First responders tried to save his life, but Wright did not survive, according to the sheriff’s office.
Agents with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation Arson Unit and federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives were called in to assist with the investigation.
According to the sheriff’s office, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.