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Elderly man dies in Converse house fire

Neighbors say victim might have suffered from Alzheimer's

A man is dead after fire tore through a Converse home Saturday evening.

The fire broke out around 6 p.m. in the 8400 block of Chalk Hill Cove.

A couple driving by noticed the flames and pulled over to help.

"We were going somewhere and we passed by the house, and I noticed all this smoke, there was just smoke pouring out of the front door," said Olivia Lopez, who stopped at the home to help.

Fire companies from Converse and surrounding communities rushed to the fire scene, but were not able to save the man.

"My husband, the next door neighbor, and about four [people], busted windows, running, and actually went into the house trying to find him," said Lopez.

Authorities said he died from apparent smoke inhalation.

Neighbors told fire crews the victim might have suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

They said he lived in the home with his son, but was alone when the fire started.

Fire investigators did not have a cause for the fire.

The fire victim's name has not yet been released.


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