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Fire chief: keep up on fire safety during winter

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Kerry Buckner is at a loss after learning his brother-in-law died at his home Sunday night.

"Right now, I don't know what to say or think," Buckner said.

Fire took the life of the man, who was in his sixties. Investigators said the victim tried to escape the flames by heading out the front door his house on Barth Street.

Authorities believe he was overcome by smoke and could not escape. He was pronounced dead at Hurley Medical Center in Flint a short time later.

"He was a loving family-type guy. You know he loved his family, he would do anything for his family and his mom," Buckner said.

This tragic loss of life is another reminder to us all to keep up on our fire safety especially this time of year.

Flint Fire Chief David Cox Jr. said you should check your furnace, space heaters, and fire place for carbon monoxide.

"That goes without saying," Cox said.

He also wants us to make sure all of our extension cords used in our homes has a UL label on them. He also urges everyone to have working smoke detectors.

"Smoke detectors are your early warning system. I recommend it a thousand percent that you have smoke detectors maybe not one maybe two in your home," Cox said.

The cause of Sunday’s fire is still unknown, but investigators said, at this point, it is not considered to be a suspicious fire.

Buckner is left to mourn the loss of a family member just days before Thanksgiving.

"I guess God called him so, no matter how you go when God calls you it must be your time. But he's really going to be missed," Buckner said.

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