FORT WORTH — Firefighters discovered the body of a 62-year-old Air Force veteran while fighting a blaze Friday at a home in Fort Worth.
The family of Larry Davis, the man found dead inside the home, huddled together in the cold, wrapped in blankets provided by the Red Cross as firefighters investigated what happened.
"It hurts you know," said Donald Laury, as he looked at the home where his friend died and thought about how hard he tried to save him. "It hurts."
At about 5 p.m., authorities were first alerted to the fire at Davis' home in the 1200 block of E. Baltimore St. Laury said he and others attempted to reach Davis, but the smoke was too thick.
"We pulled that door open, broke all the windows out on the front and side trying to get him out," he said. "Smoke was black. Couldn't get in. Couldn't breathe."
Firefighters arrived to the scene to find the home engulfed in flames.
"Initial reports of an explosion were made by neighbors in the area," read a statement from Richardson Harrison, a spokesman with the fire department. "However, FWFD has yet confirmed any explosions."
Laury said he hear the explosive found.
"Something said 'boom,' real loud," he said.
The victim's loved ones at the scene said Davis was a Vietnam veteran and a minister. He was also a father to four grown children and a grandfather to at least 20 grandchildren.
"He had a million dollar smile," Laury said.
Battalion Chief Richard Harrison said Fort Worth's arson and bomb squad is investigating the fire and death, which is standard procedure when a body is found at the scene of a fire.
"The guys from Engine Five that went in and put the fire out and located the victim did state they had heavy fire and high heat throughout the house," Harrison said.
Friday night, Laury and friend Jack Scott patted each other on their backs.
"We tried man, we tried," Laury said. "I'm going to miss him."