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Elderly man found dead after mobile home fire

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By Alice Du Pont

A 74-year-old Quincy man, Eddie Gurley, died this morning from apparent smoke inhalation after his mobile home caught fire. The home is located just north of Quincy.

Around 10 a.m., Fire Chief Howard Smith said a phone call alerted firefighters that someone could possibly still be in the home.

"When we arrived the house was not fully involved so we were able to get in and check. When we found Mr. Gurley, he was already dead," Smith said.

Smith said a home health care nurse was on her way to see Gurley and talked with him about 45 minutes before the fire call. He said Gurley could have had medical complications that accelerated his death.

No estimate of damages or cause of the fire was available. The chief said the fire was confined to the kitchen and hall areas. There was, however, heavy smoke throughout the dwelling.