Elderly man dead after Oxford house fire

An elderly man died after a house fire in Lafayette County.

Posted: Feb 26, 2018 9:36 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2018 10:14 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - An elderly man has died after an early morning house fire in Oxford.

Coroner Rockey Kennedy confirms firefighters pulled 84-year-old Rabon Gullick out of his burning home. He died at the scene.

The Oxford Eagle reports firefighters responded to the home on Thomas Street just after 12:30 a.m. and were there until 4:30 Monday morning.

"The first thing I heard was a 'Bang!' and I thought it was a squirrel on the wires," described Anna Haller, a neighbor. "Then, the dogs next door started barking and it was very loud and it kept going and going. Then, we smelled the smoke."

Gullick and his wife were the only two inside at the time.

One neighbor tells WTVA Gullick's wife ran next door to find help getting her husband out of the house.

Neighbors say Gullick was bed-ridden.

"They used to walk alot and then when Rabon got sick, his legs became paralyzed for some reason," explained Haller. "They just stopped doing it."

Kennedy says the home is a total loss.

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