Man Dead After House Fire in Woodstock

A 72-year-old man is dead after a house fire in Woodstock, according to firefighters. A family member has identified him as Jan K. Alley.

The fire broke out at the home at 3 Little Bungee Hill Road on Sunday evening and fire officials said a bystander helped rescue a woman from the home and she was taken to the hospital to be treated for possible smoke inhalation.

A family member identified her as Jan Alley's 70-year-old wife, Caroline Alley.

Bungay Fire Brigade Chief Roy Chandler said the structure was 50 percent involved when crews arrived around 7 p.m.

Firefighters knew a man was missing when they arrived at the scene, but crews were not able to enter the building in part due to a downed power line.

When they knocked down the flames and entered, they found the man dead inside. 

Anthony Reed said his sister, Caroline Alley, and brother-in-law, Jan Alley, lived in the home for 30 years.

A neighbor carried Caroline Alley from the deck, which was just finished three days ago and Reed said they man probably saved his sister's life.

"It's tough. This time of year doesn't make it any better, that's for sure," said Woodstock Fire Marshal Dick Baron.

There is extensive damage to the home, according to the fire chief. It is unclear where the fire started or what caused it

Police are continuing to onvestigate the cause of the fire.

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