A 70-year-old man was found dead in his kitchen after the Goldsboro Fire Department responded to a house fire.
Goldsboro firefighters responded to a call from an unknown individual regarding a possible fire at an unknown location just after midnight Wednesday morning, said LaToya Henry, public information officer for the city of Goldsboro.
The call came after complaints of smoke entering the Home2 Suites lobby on North Park Drive, Henry said. Dispatch cannot identify calls from blocked or public numbers, which could account for why the caller was listed as unknown, she said.
Goldsboro firefighters responded to the call at Home2 Suites, where there were reports of smoke, and began searching the area for the source, Henry said. Firefighters located the house fire at 519 Forest Hill Drive. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered the fire had not vented, which is why neighbors had not reported the house fire, she said.
Once the fire was located, firefighters gained entry to the home and began extinguishing the fire, Henry said. At the time, firefighters found Gary Jones dead on his kitchen floor, according to a Goldsboro Police Department incident investigation report.
After the fire was extinguished, Henry said the Goldsboro investigations unit took control of the scene and began investigating Jones’ death, Henry said. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation responded and assisted the investigation, she said.
Henry could not say how the fire started or where it originated within the house, but no foul play is suspected. The fire was labeled “suspicious” in the GPD incident investigation report, but the report did not elaborate on why the fire was considered suspicious. Henry said the investigation is ongoing.