It's the first house fire fatality in Bryan in two years. The inferno engulfed a west Bryan home early Thursday morning before the resident could escape. No one else was injured, but neighbors are still shaken up by the fire.
"I'm not sure what happened. Somebody woke me up and I saw the house on fire. I just couldn't believe it. I kind of panicked a guess," said a man who lives next door.
The man and his family awoke at about 5 a.m. to see fire engulfing the house right next door to them. The family was asleep when someone driving by stopped and alerted them of danger.
The man says he's grateful he and his family escaped and that no one else was injured, but is sad that his neighbor was not so lucky.
"Our units arrived on the scene to find fire coming out of the front door and the windows here in the front side. I think our units probably had it contained within 10 or 15 minutes," said Fire Marshal, Nate Sivils.
Investigators believe they know the identity of the 55-year-old man, but have not made a positive I.D. or notified his closest family members.
They hope to have a cause of the fire within a couple of weeks.