Ashe said Dye found Cassetty lying unconscious on the floor of the living room.
“The house was fully engulfed,” Ashe noted, as Dye and others were able to pull the victim outside where they began CPR. Cassetty was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Because a fatality occurred, Ashe said, officials with the State Fire Marshal’s Office have been called to investigate. “There doesn’t appear to be anything suspicious” about the fire, he added.
“It’s a tragedy. The officer did a good job, the firefighters did a good job.”
WEMA Director John Jewell said units from Stations 1, 5, 6 and 8 responded to the scene. Battalion Chief Lee Bowling was among the first to arrive.
He described the home as a single-story, wood structure and noted the fire destroyed much of the residence. When firefighters arrived, he said, much of the fire was coming from the attic.
There was a hydrant in the yard of the home which firefighters used to battle the blaze. Jewell noted, however, they “had trouble with a good, sustained flow” of water from the hydrant.