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Friday, February 28, 2014

Man died trying to get phone in burning house



A man in Plano, Texas died early Thursday when he rushed back into his burning home to get his cellphone.

Rex Benson was initially able to escape the powerful blaze but braved the sky-high flames with another man to retrieve a phone to call 911, fire officials said.

The unidentified companion escaped, but Benson was unable to cheat death twice. He was found dead inside the house by members of the Plano Fire Department.

Benson's adult daughter and an unidentified roommate were able to escape the fire and survive.

Fire Capt. Peggy Harrell said in her experience that roughly 90% of people who go back into a fire don’t make it out alive.

“I don't think people realize how quickly fire grows. Evidentially, they felt they had the time to go back in,” she said. Neighbors were perplexed as to why Benson didn’t come to them for a phone. “He could have come to any of the neighbors’ houses to call 911,” Nakita Weseman said. “I know he realized probably he didn't have his cellphone, but that's definitely replaceable, but he wasn't.”

Info from http://www.nydailynews.com 

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