LUMBERTON — A man killed in a fire at his Lumberton home on Monday night has been identified as 73-year-old Andrew Sherman Denish.
Denish had lived in the mobile home on Littlefield Acres Loop for the past 20 years with his brother, Freeman Eliott Denish, who is recovering in intensive care following the fire, according to a statement from the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
“The Red Cross will help, but much will be needed for this victim,” the statement says. “They do not have any family in the area and have no place to go when he gets out of the hospital.”
Freeman Denish, 68, told first responders that he was cooking when the pan caught fire and “spread very quickly,” the statement said. He said he fell getting out of the house and wasn’t able to get back inside to his older brother because of heat and smoke. He suffered an arm injury and smoke inhalation but was able to speak to investigators Tuesday.
The fire was reported at about 8:29 p.m. Monday. East Howellsville, Allenton, Northwoods, Lumberton City, Tar Heel and Dublin fire departments responded, along with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, county Emergency Services, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Lumberton Rescue and EMS.
Firefighters didn’t leave the home until about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday. According to the statement, after the fire was controlled, hot spots continued to smolder between the roof and walls that had been added on to the home.
The Red Cross, which is located 600 W. Fifth St. in Lumberton, is collecting money to help Freeman Denish. To donate, send or take money to the agency and specify that the donation is being made in Freeman Eliott Denish’s name.
Sarah Willets can be reached at 910-816-1974 or on Twitter @Sarah_Willets.