PLANO — One man who escaped an early-morning house fire died when he returned inside the residence to retrieve a phone.
Firefighters were called to the blaze in the 800 block of Haggard St. at about 1 a.m. Thursday.
Three people inside the home were able to make it out safely but then realized they didn't have a way to call 911. That's when two men went back into the home. One man made it out, the other — a man in this early 70s — didn't.
Firefighters at the scene said in an overwhelming majority of cases, when someone goes back into a structure on fire, they don't make it back out.
"People often think that they can go back into a structure as long as they can see," said Capt. Peggy Harrell. "And that's just not the case at all. The fire moves quickly, the smoke is so deadly. We really teach children, adults the safety message is always get out, stay out [and] never go back in, not for anything."
Crews believe the fire started in the middle of the home, likely the kitchen.
Investigators are waiting until daylight to investigate the cause of the blaze further.