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Man dies, wife treated at hospital following Richfield house fire

RICHFIELD — An elderly man died early Saturday morning in a house fire and his wife was treated at a hospital, Sevier County authorities said.

Owen Kay Reynolds, 85, was unable to escape a fire in his home near 2330 East and 1700 North just outside Richfield, the Sevier County Sheriff's Office said.

The fire was reported just after 4 a.m. Arriving firefighters "had to fight active flames before they could get to the bedroom and locate (Reynolds) and bring him out," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

Reynolds was taken to Sevier Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. His wife, 61-year-old Linda Reynolds, was able to escape the house and was taken to the same hospital for treatment, according to the sheriff's office. Her condition was not released.

Investigators believe the fire started in a bedroom where Owen Reynolds had been sleeping. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

"Linda Reynolds was woken up by her husband yelling for her to get a fire extinguisher. She grabbed a fire extinguisher from the kitchen and ran to Kay’s bedroom. She pulled the pin but when she depressed the lever on the extinguisher nothing happened," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

"She then tried to get into the bedroom to get (her husband) but it was too hot and she could not see anything due to the smoke and flames. She then ran to her phone and dialed 911."

No foul play is suspected in the fire.

The Red Cross has been called on to provide assistance "as the home was damaged all throughout due to fire and the smoke," the sheriff's office said. A damage estimate was not available.