Man dies in Goodlettsville house fire - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Man dies in Goodlettsville house fire

Richard "Dicky" Hilton died in a house fire early Friday morning. Richard "Dicky" Hilton died in a house fire early Friday morning.
GOODLETTSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

An 84-year-old man died Friday morning in a Goodlettsville house fire.

Richard "Dicky" Hilton was found lying on the floor unconscious when firefighters arrived just after midnight, and flames were shooting from the sunroom.

One neighbor said he saw the flames and knew the man lived alone. He said he ran over and started banging on the door, but no one answered, so he assumed no one was home.

"You almost want to open the door and go inside," Nicholas Short, the man's neighbor, said. "It's a scary feeling. You don't never hope for anybody to be caught in a house like that."

Hilton had lived in the home since 1956, according to family members. Nancy, his wife of 61 years, died in August 2012.

While investigators try to figure out what caused the fire, the victim's family is still trying to process their loss.

"They called me at midnight and said they couldn't get a hold of him," said daughter Nancy Wilson.

Crews were called to the home after getting not one but two emergency calls - one from a neighbor and another from the 84 year old great-grandfather himself. Hilton had a medic alert pin, but the flames moved so fast and heat was so intense, help wouldn't come in time.

"It would be tough for somebody to come out of a situation like this due to the thickness of the smoke and the chemicals that's in the smoke," said Goodlettsville Fire Capt. Dean Birdwell.

Wilson said she can't believe she'll never see her father again or hear his voice, his stories and his laughter.

"I miss the heck out of him. I was daddy's girl," she said. "He was always laughing and cutting up and loved to tell jokes."

Wilson said memories came rushing back after getting the news her father died in the very home the retired engineer designed and built for her mother in 1953.

"He never finished high school and went into the service. Never finished high school and yet he was one of the smartest men I've ever known in my life," Wilson said.

Investigators believe the fire started in the sunroom. At this point, it doesn't look suspicious but they are continuing to investigate.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Carter County braces for rainy weekend, fears more flooding

    Carter County braces for rainy weekend, fears more flooding

    Thursday, February 22 2018 10:00 PM EST2018-02-23 03:00:18 GMT
    Days of rainfall has caused the Current River to slowly rise, and it’s already starting to flood the lower part riverfront park in Van Buren. That has residents worried about another flood, and Sheriff of Carter County is working to calm those fears.Days of rainfall has caused the Current River to slowly rise, and it’s already starting to flood the lower part riverfront park in Van Buren. That has residents worried about another flood, and Sheriff of Carter County is working to calm those fears.
    Days of rainfall has caused the Current River to slowly rise, and it’s already starting to flood the lower part riverfront park in Van Buren. That has residents worried about another flood, and Sheriff of Carter County is working to calm those fears.Days of rainfall has caused the Current River to slowly rise, and it’s already starting to flood the lower part riverfront park in Van Buren. That has residents worried about another flood, and Sheriff of Carter County is working to calm those fears.

    It's been less than a year since a historic flood devastated Carter County, MO and left many buildings completely underwater. Now, residents are bracing for more rain, and flooding chances this weekend.

    It's been less than a year since a historic flood devastated Carter County, MO and left many buildings completely underwater. Now, residents are bracing for more rain, and flooding chances this weekend.

  • Paducah Police Department 9th Annual Award Ceremony

    Paducah Police Department 9th Annual Award Ceremony

    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:37 PM EST2018-02-23 02:37:14 GMT
    (Source: KFVS)(Source: KFVS)
    (Source: KFVS)(Source: KFVS)

    The Paducah Police Department met Feb. 22 at Madison Hall in Paducah for the Paducah Police Department’s Ninth Annual Awards Ceremony. 

    The Paducah Police Department met Feb. 22 at Madison Hall in Paducah for the Paducah Police Department’s Ninth Annual Awards Ceremony. 

  • Southeast Regents to meet for FY19 to set room, board rates.

    Southeast Regents to meet for FY19 to set room, board rates.

    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:29 PM EST2018-02-23 02:29:23 GMT
    Room and board rates were up for discussion (Source: KFVS)Room and board rates were up for discussion (Source: KFVS)

    The Southeast Missouri State Board of Regents met on Wednesday to set room and board rates for the fiscal year 2019. 

    The Southeast Missouri State Board of Regents met on Wednesday to set room and board rates for the fiscal year 2019. 

Powered by Frankly