A man killed in an early morning fire in north Birmingham has been identified. The Jefferson County Coroner's Office names the victim as Rodney Dewayne Fancher, 46.
The deadly fire broke out at a home at 1560 Druid Hill Drive around 2:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22.
Fire officials on the scene said a two adults and three children were in the home at the time of the fire. Everyone made it out of the burning home except for Fancher, who lived in the home with his niece and her three children, a 16-year-old boy and twin two-year-olds.
The preliminary investigation shows that the fire may have started in the kitchen. Fire officials say it appears Fancher may have started cooking something then fell asleep.
Neighbors said the 16-year-old woke up his mother and siblings and got them out of the house, but wasn't able to rescue his great-uncle. Neighbors added that he will be greatly missed.
"He was a real fun-loving guy. He took care of everybody from what I could tell. He was very sweet, always comical. Always have something to say. Wave all the time just really friendly," neighbor Toya Threatt said.
Fancher cared for his niece's twin toddlers while their mother worked during the day, according to neighbors.
Some onlookers gave the children socks and pants to keep them warm as their home burned. Threatt said she hopes the community will come together during this tragedy and collect more donations for this family.
Fancher's death is the fourth fire fatality in Birmingham this week.
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