A 68-year-old man died in a mobile home fire late Wednesday in Winter Haven despite the efforts of neighbors to get him out and extinguish the blaze.
The fire department responded to a fire at the mobile home of Ellis Samuel Allison, Jr., at 136 Ixora Drive just before midnight Wednesday.
Neighbors saw smoke coming from Allison’s home, noticed him unresponsive inside and called 911, police said. The neighbors then tried to break a window to help evacuate Allison, while others tried to extinguish the fire before firefighters arrived.
Emergency medical services pronounced Allison dead at the scene. An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine an official cause of death.
Winter Haven police will investigate the death, while city fire officials and the State Fire Marshal’s Office review the blaze.