Investigators identify man who died from injuries in house fire in northwest Springfield

Published: Mar. 7, 2019 at 11:11 AM CST
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Firefighters identified a man who died Thursday from injuries in a house fire in west Springfield Thursday morning.

Craig W. Mackie, 30, later died at a Springfield hospital.

The fire broke out at the home around 7:30 a.m. at 2947 West Elm. Firefighters pulled the man out of his house. Neighbors tell us emergency res ponders did CPR on the man for a long time before transporting him to a hospital. We now know resuscitation efforts failed.

Firefighters say the fire started in the attic. They found Mackie toward the front of the house, and think he was probably trying to get out. There were no working smoke detectors. Little damage is visible on the outside of the house, but neighbors say there was a lot of smoke.

Alexis Atwood lives next door and says she saw the smoke and was about to call 911 when firefighters arrived. They asked her if anyone lived in the home.

"I said I know for sure one man, there might be a woman and a dog as well," says Atwood. "So he ran in there and then they dragged him out, and he was like covered in smoke, and not breathing or anything."

Neighbors say Mackie was about to move from the home. He told them the house was condemned. They worry the condition of the house could have caused the fire. Investigators are not saying yet how they believe it started. Fire investigators say lab results will take several months.