SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Multiple agencies are investigating a house fire that claimed the life of a father of two over the weekend.
The father tells News 3 he and his wife were out of town for a funeral when the fire broke out. Now, their back home only to attend another funeral, this time for their son.
Around 1 a.m. Sunday, the Chatham County Fire Department responded to a fire at a double-wide mobile home on 7709 Yemassee Road in Savannah.
According to Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John King, upon arrival, 45-year-old Steven “Allen” Beasley was found dead on the floor in one of the bedrooms.
A pile of rubble is all that’s left of Steve and Diane Beasley’s home.
“I just thought the house burned, we weren’t in any hurry because we knew we didn’t have anything,” said Steve Beasley, Allen’s father. “We didn’t know what was in the fire, you know.”
He didn’t know that his only son, Allen, was dead.
“He was a good boy I don’t know what happened when I was gone, but he was always giving, you know he had a good heart,” said Beasley.
He was a father of two. Beasley said his grandson is struggling to understand what happened.
“Excuse me, I’m sorry,” said Beasley with tears in his eyes. “He said he knows his daddy not gone, he said he knows he’s coming back.”
The 34-year-old home was completely destroyed by the fire, King said.
The family said they have since set up a GoFundMe to help cover costs.
“Allen was a son, a cousin, a friend, and a father,” Taylor Humphrey wrote on the fundraiser page. “Donations will go towards helping my aunt and uncle bury their son, buying clothes, food, finding a place to stay, and more. Anything will help.”
According to King, the cause of the fire is still being investigated. He added that in total for 2019, fires have claimed the lives of 59 people in Georgia.
An autopsy is being completed Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Pooler. Investigators with the Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office are assisting the Chatham County Emergency Services and the Chatham County Police Department with the investigation.