Firefighters find man's body after extinguishing New Smyrna Beach blaze

Cause of fire under investigation

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Firefighters discovered the body of a man early Thursday after extinguishing a fire at his home.

The fire sparked after midnight at a house near the intersection of Oak and Washington streets in New Smyrna Beach.

Family members of the victim identified him as 44-year-old Danny Henry, who lived at the home with his brother and nephew.

The victim's brother, Michael Sims, made it out of the burning house, but he was unable rescue his brother, Volusia County deputies said.

"(I) called out to my little brother," said Sims.  "I couldn't see because there was so much smoke in there."

Sims said he awoke to a crackling sound coming from his living room.  When he looked up, he saw flames creeping up the curtains.

"I saw the fire going up the curtains from behind the couch," said Sims.  "It got too intense.  I had to let it go."

Sims said firefighters entered the house and found Henry's body in his bedroom.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"He was just a very sweet person," said Henry's sister, Mary Butler.  "Very sweet and we loved him."

Deputies said foul play is not suspected, but the Sheriff's Office is conducting a death investigation.

Volusia County Fire Services and the state Fire Marshal's Office are investigating the cause of the fire.

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