63-year-old man dies in north Nashville fire - WKRN News 2

63-year-old man dies in north Nashville fire

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A 63-year-old man died in a north Nashville fire early Wednesday morning.

The residence, located in the 1900 block of Cephas Street, was fully engulfed by flames when firefighters arrived around 1:30 a.m.

Albert Mays' body was found during a second sweep of the home once the fire was extinguished.

Officials stated Mays was found in a doorway, suggesting he was attempting to leave the home, but collapsed due to smoke inhalation.

Family told News 2 that he was a father of four with several grandchildren.

He was known in the neighborhood as a kind handyman, often helping the elderly run errands or fix problems inside their homes.

The family also said Mays was renting the Cephas Street home, which did not have a functioning fire alarm, and used electric heaters to keep warm.

The home is considered a total loss, but the majority of the damage was located in the kitchen. The gas line was shut off at the time of the fire.

Firefighters returned to the scene multiple times in order to put out hot spots that continually reignited.

The cause remains undetermined.

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