WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) -One man died after an accidental fire occurred in Warren County Friday night, a firefighter from the Deerfield Township Fire Department said.
The fire occurred in the 8500 block of Davis Road around 9 p.m.
“I gave it everything I could; I just couldn’t handle it,” the man’s neighbor Jim Royal told FOX19.
He says he attempted to save his neighbor and friend from the house fire that killed him.
“I was just trying to get somebody that I cared about safe, and I really feel so guilty because I couldn’t get him out,” said Royal.
Royal says he has known the man since he was 15, he’s 42 now, and he says he feels like he lost a family member.
“We were always really close. He always watched out for me. I watched out for him. We were good neighbors,” said Royal.
Royal says he ran into the home trying to bring his friend to safety, but the flames were overpowering.
“I knew where he was in there, and I just couldn’t get to him, like I hit the ground and I just started breathing and was like... I can’t handle this,” he said.
Firefighters say they had difficulty putting out the fire due to hoarding in the home. Nearly every room was 70% full.
Brittany Dorich lives next door to the victim and says he was a kind man who just owned a lot of stuff.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
Officials are still investigating.
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