Elderly man dies in overnight house fire

An elderly man has died following an overnight housefire in Mulga.

A resident in the 100 block of Front Street saw a neighbor'shouse burning around 3:00 a.m. and called 911. Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputies,Minor Heights, Mulga, and Sylvan Springs Fire Departments responded to the house.Firefighters attempted to enter the house through the front door, but found itto be barricaded from the inside. Once another entry was made, firefightersfound the body of an elderly male near the front door. Nobody else was insidethe house.

The victim's name is being withheld pending identification. The State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause and origin of the fire.