Man becomes 11th fire fatality of Macon in 2013 after house fire

hgoodridge@macon.comJune 30, 2013 

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Ricky Norris sits on the front porch of his Stonewall Place duplex that he shared with Terry Floyd on Sunday after a fire led to Floyd’s death.

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A Macon man died in a fire Sunday morning in his home at 157 Stonewall Place.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said Terry Floyd, 50, was home alone and was pronounced dead at the scene just after 10 a.m.

Fire officials arrived at the blaze about 9:30 a.m.

Floyd is the son of Twiggs County Commissioner Donald Floyd.

Working smoke detectors were found in the home, Jones said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Macon Police Department and the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department.

Ricky Norris was in his backyard on his porch when he noticed smoke coming from one of Floyd’s windows.

“I said ‘darn, is somebody barbecuing this morning,’” said Norris, who lives in the adjoining apartment next to Floyd in the duplex.

Norris has lived in the home for about 15 years. He said Floyd moved in about a year ago.

“He was the nicest guy you could ever meet,” he said.

Norris said Floyd told him he had health issues and was on medication. Floyd put a key in a location outside in the rear of his apartment and told Norris where it was in the event of an emergency.

When Norris noticed the smoke wasn’t a barbecue, he called 911 and immediately retrieved the key and opened the back door, he said. The smoke was too heavy preventing him from entering Floyd’s apartment, so he went to the front door and tried to open it, he said.

“I could only open it about 2 feet and it (door) hit a bump,” Norris said adding that he knew the bump was Floyd on the floor.

Firefighters arrived a short time later and removed Floyd’s body from the house.

Floyd is the 11th person to die in a fire in Macon this year.

• Nathaniel Redding, 47, died as a result of burns he received after pouring gas on a fire he was burning in a barrel outside of his home in the 900 block of Wallace Road on Jan. 5.

• On Feb. 24, three children, Daija Williams, 7, Jamarrian Williams, 9, and Nykhiya Williams, 10, were killed in a fire at their home in the 1100 block of James Street.

• Betty Smith, 82, died after a fire at the Rosewood Nursing Center in the 2700 block of Finney Circle on March 25.

• Jennifer Caffee and her three daughters, Wendy, Elizabeth and Holly died after a fire June 13 at their home in the 500 block of Carmen Place.

• Brandon Johnson, 19, died after a grease fire at his home June 22 in the 2300 block of Mafiel Drive.

To contact writer Harold Goodridge, call 744-4382.

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