Man killed, mom rescued in NoDa residential fire

A 39-year-old man died but a passerby rescued the victim’s mother Tuesday morning in a house fire in Charlotte’s NoDa district.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, identifying the victim as Sean Fruge, said they are conducting a “death investigation” into the fatal fire but said there are no signs of foul play.

Fruge lived on one side of a duplex in the 400 block of Faison Avenue, between Brevard and Davidson streets. His mother lived in the other half of the duplex, authorities said.

The fire was reported about 6 a.m., and Charlotte fire Capt. Rob Brisley said crews found flames and smoke coming from the duplex when they arrived. Brisley said firefighters pulled the male victim from the house, but Medic said attempts to revive him failed.

Fruge’s mother was rescued by an employee of nearby Brooks’ Sandwich Shop on North Brevard Street.

“When I pulled in for work, I saw flames coming from the rear window of the duplex,” said Patricia Hilton, who lives in northern Union County. “I heard a woman screaming, ‘There’s a fire.’ ”

Hilton said she had been in a house fire before and knew what to do.

“I immediately got the front door open and went in to get the lady,” she said. “There was a lot of smoke, but I got her out.”

“The woman kept wanting to go back inside, but I kept her out,” Hilton said.

She said she never thought twice about entering the fire. “That woman was yelling for help, and having been through a fire before, I thought I knew what to do,” Hilton said.

Police and fire officials are investigating the blaze and ask that any witnesses contact detectives at 704-432-TIPS or leave information with Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.