A man found dead inside a burning home in Maiden on Sunday night has been identified as 59-year-old Terry Brice.
Firefighters arrived around 10:45 p.m. to the home on Gilly Road. After extinguishing the flames, firefighters said, they found Brice’s body inside.
His mother, who lived with Brice, said she had been next door for a few minutes, and when she came back, smoke was pouring out of the house. She said her son was in a wheelchair due to a stroke several years ago.
Brice was trapped in a back bedroom where no one could get to him when the fire broke out. His only escape route would have been through the front door, where a ramp is in place.
Investigators have not finished looking into the cause, but family members said they were told it is possible the blaze was started by a cigarette.
No one knew if there was a working smoke detector in the home, and investigators say the damage is so severe they may never know.
Brice’s family says he was someone to look up to.
Alizah Morrison, Brice’s grandson, had tears in his eyes as he looked at the burned out home Monday morning. “I love my grandpa more than anything,” he said.
Morrison said Brice was full of spirit and determination, despite being in a wheelchair. “No matter what life threw at him he always held his head up,” he said.
Brice’s niece, Victoria Brice, said her uncle was a fighter. “He kept saying every day, ‘I’m gonna walk again,’ and he never gave up,” she said.