A cigarette may have caused a fire that killed a man Wednesday morning in western Orange County, his father said.
Ted Brian Allred, 39, of 6012 Lebanon Road, died when the silver Airstream Travel Trailer in which he was living caught fire. Allred bought the trailer about five or six years ago and had been living behind his parents’ home, his father Ted Allred said.
Brian Allred was an Orange County native and graduated from Orange High School, his father said. He also is survived by his mother Linda Allred and a sister who lives in Mebane.
Ted Allred said his son was disabled and had suffered from seizures since he was 13. Brian Allred liked beer, and he liked smoking cigarettes, Allred said, but “he was a good person.”
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“He had a heart of gold. He would give you the shirt off his back,” he said.
While the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded initially Wednesday morning, the case was turned over to the Orange County Fire Marshal’s office. The fire marshal is working with fire and arson experts from the State Bureau of Investigation to determine the fire’s official cause, Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Horne said.
“It’s only if they determine there’s something criminal that we’re brought in,” Horne said.
Additional information was not available Wednesday.