by Roland Glembine / firstname.lastname@example.org
A Galesburg man is dead after his house catches fire on Sunday afternoon.
Along Burgland Ave. they called him Stan the man always had a smile on his face there to help a neighbor in need. So when fire broke out at his house Sunday countless neighbors rushed over to help any way they could.
"The neighbors came out and heard him in there making noises and talking they kept yelling to him to crawl to the door crawl to us but there was too much smoke and too many flames." said the victims friend and former neighbor Megan Weaver.
Firefighters managed to pull him out, but 58 year old Stan Henry did not survive. Passing away at the hospital.
"This is what we work hard to avoid and this time we couldn't save his life." Galesburg Fire Marshal and Battalion Chief Daniel Foley says the house may not have had a working smoke detector.
"Maybe that slowed his ability to get out maybe it would not have made any difference."
Neighbors say Henry owned a drywall business in town with one of his sons, he had 4 grand kids (3 under the age of 2), and countless friends.
"I'm still in shock and very very upset with everything going on. I wasn't prepared for this he was like family to us," said Weaver
Its really sad, its unfortunate he's going to be missed by the people around here, he was just a really nice guy," added neighbor Lindsey Goudy.
While friends and family mourn, the firefighters who tried to save Henry feel the loss as well.
"Its tough there is a somber mood around the fire department," Foley said. "If we have one job to do it's to pull people out of fires. We will all beat ourselves up even as Fire Marshall I'm thinking how could I have gotten to this house to get a working smoke detector, there just wasn't the time to do more for Mr. Henry."
Officials tells us the cause of the fire remains under investigation.