A 60-year-old East Macon man died today in a house fire off the Gray Highway.
Bibb County coroner Leon Jones identified the victim as Horace Maddox.
He died in a fire at 853 Northern St., behind Fincher's barbecue.
Jones said Maddox died of smoke inhalation and there were no signs of burns.
Some firefighters were also reportedly injured while fighting the fire in the small one-story home.
The fire was reported just before noon. Around 12:15 p.m., 13WMAZ's Judy Le reported that flames had engulfed the house.
So far, there's no word on the cause.
As some firefighters tamed the blaze in the front, others ran into the smoke from the back entrance.
That's where the inferno trapped Horace Maddox. When his family found out about his condition, sister Karen Jackson was shocked.
"It wasn't true. It wasn't Horace in there," says Jackson when she first heard the news.
Firefighters found the 60-year-old in the bathroom and dragged him out. When Jones arrived, he pronounced Maddox dead.
"I saw a lot of smoke and soot in his mouth and nose so I'm pretty sure it's from smoke inhalation because I didn't see any burns," he says.
The gravity of the situation didn't hit Jackson until she saw the evidence -- a broken house and a broken family.
"My sister, I see my sister and them on the ground just crying and I couldn't believe it about Horace. There's no words I can say, you know," says Jackson.
She says Maddox lived in a house with about eight other roommates, but was alone when the fire broke.
"I feel terrible about it, I feel sad about it. My heart hurts, but I know God is able," Jackson says.
Jackson says her last words to her brother was Happy Birthday. Maddox celebrated his 60th, just two days before.