A Thursday morning house fire claimed the life of a 65-year-old Cherokee County resident.

Shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday, Cherokee County 911 received a call regarding a house fire on Hollow Drive near Woodstock and that people were still inside the house, including a 65-year-old man who was unable to get up and was possibly in a wheelchair. Minutes later, 911 received a call from a man who identified himself as a trash collector, informing authorities he had gotten the man out of the house and that nobody else was inside.

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services arrived on the scene within minutes and found the man lying on the ground in the front yard. Capt. Josh Wilkie said he assigned one of the firefighters to take care of the man, while others began to fight the fire.

The 65-year-old man was transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, where he later died. The man’s wife was also taken to the hospital and, according to fire department officials, she was doing well at last report.

The fire was brought under control at around 10:45 a.m. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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