SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah Fire and Emergency Services is currently investigating a fatal fire in Savannah's Oakdale Subdivision that occurred early Thursday morning.
Firefighters responded to a possible structure fire call on Lee Boulevard around 5:40 a.m. Thursday.
Once on scene, the firefighters discovered smoke coming from the second floor windows of a three-story brick house. They immediately began attacking the flames from inside the house.
"One of my friends who stayed with us woke us up and told us the house was on fire. We didn't know where it came from or anything," the homeowner Alton Thornton said.
One resident was rescued from a second floor balcony. The firefighters were then informed that another resident was still inside the home.
After a systematic search of the second floor, firefighters located the victim inside a bedroom. They removed the victim from the home and administered CPR until emergency medical personal arrived. EMS transported the victim to Memorial University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities have identified the victim as 58-year-old Jerome Abernathy.
The firefighters were able to contain most of the fire damage to the second floor, while the rest of the house sustained smoke and heat damage.
Four adults and six children lived in the home. All of the residents, with the exception of the victim, were able to flee the home without injury. They are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.
"Just keep us in your prayers. Support our local firefighters. They were really took care of us," Thornton said.
SFES are still trying to determine the exact cause and point of origin of the fire.