Posted: Feb 14, 2013 10:13 PM
A Pulaski County man is dead after his home caught fire. It happened this afternoon on Happy Circle Drive.
The fire crews are gone tonight and the smoke has cleared. Arthur Jackson's family surrounds his house, still trying to process what happened Thursday afternoon.
The 51 year-old was home when the fire started. He was unconscious, but breathing when he was taken to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. But just before three, Jackson died.
"He was just a kind neighbor," said Shaun Swift.
Swift was chopping wood at his home across the street, when he saw smoke.
"I just did what I could do to help. Anybody would have done it, I hope," Swift said.
Swift, along with Jackson's son, broke out his neighbor's window to try to find him. But the smoke and heat were too much to bare.
"Couldn't see anything. Couldn't keep your head in there real long," he said.
Firefighters arrived and tore out part of the wall to get to Jackson. Swift watched on. Hours later, he heard the news:
"At first I just couldn't believe it. It's hard to comprehend at the time, you know?"
He says he's still trying to come to terms with the fact his neighbor didn't survive.
Investigators say it appears the fire started in the family room, caused by a space heater. The coroner says Jackson died because of complications due to smoke inhalation.