Updated 06/25/2012 05:27 PM
One killed in Salisbury house fire
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SALISBURY, N.C. -- One person died in a house fire Monday morning in Salisbury.
Fire crews were called to the scene on Ludwick Avenue around 7:15 a.m. Neighbors called 911 after they saw smoke spilling out of 53-year-old Larry Knox's home.
William Bolmon tried to get inside to help before crews arrived.
"I rang the doorbell and beat on the door, trying to get somebody to the door,” he said. “I was trying to look at the window during the same time and it was just black.”
When firefighters arrived, they made their way inside and found Knox in the kitchen. They pulled him outside to try and resuscitate him but he was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Battallion Chief David Morris of Salisbury Fire and Rescue says incidents like these take a toll on first responders.
"Their job is to do everything they can to save a life, and anytime we lose a life, we take that very personally and it's very stressful for us," he said.
There's still no word on what caused the fire, but officials say they have no reason to suspect foul play at this time.
The SBI has been called in to help with the investigation, which is standard protocol for these kinds of cases.