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58-year-old man dies in house fire

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Coroner Mark Bowen confirmed that a man was killed in a house fire Friday night.

According to the coroner, 58-year-old Bruce Williams was pronounced dead on the scene at 10:50 p.m. Williams lived at 1691 Jenkins Street where the fire took place.

Williams was transported to the GBI Atlanta Lab for an autopsy.

Neighbors like Jean McKeone were out looking at the damage today and are still in shock as they try to figure out exactly what happened.

"It just flamed way up, it went so quick, there was no stopping it," McKeone says as she stares at the remains of the house.

McKeone says she tried to get into the house to save Williams, but the fire was too powerful.

"You could feel it all the way down to the store, it singed the hairs off my arms when I moved the couch," she says.

Witnesses say they couldn't believe what they were seeing as the house went up in flames.

Mike Wilson and his wife were driving back from dinner when they saw the fire.

"There was smoke covering the whole street, flames going higher than that telephone pole right there. I mean, it didn't look like anybody could've survived if there was anybody in it," he says.

Eleven year old Aulani Peart was just two houses down when she looked out the window and saw the flames.

"I saw flames and I was like 'Woah!' because it was a lot of flames. I've never seen fire like that," she says.

McKeone says she's known Williams for three years, and he had become a close friend.

"He was a good guy he had, you know, had a stroke back in maybe October. He was my neighbor," she says.

She came to place flowers at the house today to help remember a neighbor and a friend.

"It was devastating, you know, to know he was gone," McKeone says.

There is no word yet on the cause of the fire but officials are asking anyone with information to call the Georgia Arson Control Hotline at 1-800-282-5804.

Details will be provided as they become available.

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