Houston & Peach

Perry man dies in halfway house fire

A 65-year-old man failed to escape a burning building shortly after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at 110 Cardinal Avenue off Lake Joy Road in Perry.

Houston County Coroner Danny Galpin said William A. Walker was one of 10 people living in the halfway house that was a mobile home with additions.

All the others escaped the fire, he said.

“His room is in the back of the house and the fire started in the living room, we think,” Galpin said. “He wasn’t able to get out. He got as far as the kitchen and collapsed due to the smoke.”

A local minister and his wife run the home for men getting out of prison, Galpin said.

The flames spread quickly.

“It just went up like most mobile homes do, and once it went up there was no stopping it,” Galpin said.

Houston County fire investigators were back on the scene Wednesday combing through the ashes trying to determine how the blaze started.

The Houston County Sheriff’s Office also initially investigated the fire and concluded there was no evidence of foul play.

“There was nothing to indicate anything other than he died in the fire,” said Capt. Robert Clark, chief investigator for the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.