NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A morning fire claimed the life of a 56- year-old man Tuesday.
The fire broke out just before 7 a.m. in the 800 block of Milan Street.
The woman living on the ground floor of the house made it out, but the fire proved to be too much for the man living upstairs. A friend said the two were related.
"He was known in the community, he was always cheerful, you know, giving everyone a hug, saying hi," said Rachel Peteet. "He's going to be sorely missed. He's going to be sorely missed."
The New Orleans Fire Department said as firefighters made their way in, they discovered the man's body by the front door.
We spoke with a Good Samaritan who ran inside the house next door to get neighbors out before the fire spread.
"They was laying in bed - they didn't want to get out," Eric Davis said. "So, we made them come out of the house, keep them from going up in flames as well. Just pray for the family, wish the best for the family right now."
There's no word yet on what caused the fire. Authorities have not yet released the victim's name. The State Fire Marshal's Office and the ATF are helping with the investigation.