Man, 76, dies in Wednesday blaze


A Kilgore man died early Wednesday morning in a house fire on Idylwood.

Travis Fried, 76, was pulled from the home by firefighters, but attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Fried was one of three people in the single-family dwelling at 2002 Idylwood, Kilgore Fire Marshal Brandon Bigos confirmed. The other two residents, the victim’s wife and son, sustained minor injuries in the fire.

Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene shortly after 4 a.m.

“At this point, witnesses have identified that the fire originated in the kitchen,” Bigos said Wednesday.

According to the fire marshal, Fried’s adult son saw smoke coming from an air vent and hurried to check the source.

Living in an addition to the main home, “He had to go around to the outside,” Bigos said. “He beat on the door and got his mom up, tried to assist his dad to get out.

“The smoke and heat was too much.”

In addition to KFD and the fire marshal’s office, Kilgore Police officers responded to the scene along with Kilgore Fire & Rescue members and Champion EMS.

“The elderly gentleman that is deceased was pulled from the structure by firefighters,” Bigos said. “Champion EMS and firefighters started CPR but were unable to resuscitate.”

Rusk County Pct. 5 Justice of the Peace Jerdy Wolverton pronounced Fried’s death.

Both of the other occupants of the home suffered varying degrees of smoke inhalation.

Bigos confirmed the home as a ‘total loss.’

“The structure sustained more than 50 percent fire damage. It’s not going to be repaired,” he said. As for the cause of the fire, “The other parts of the investigation are still preliminary.

“An autopsy is going to be performed on the deceased to determine the cause of death.”