Neighbors remember man who died trying to save his mom in house fire

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 9/02/2013 11:49 pm Published: 9/02/2013 11:47 pm

A Bixby neighborhood is mourning the death of a man in a house-fire early Monday morning.

It happened near 86th East Avenue and 169th Street South.

FOX23 confirmed with the fire marshal that 43-year-old Samuel Grose died trying to save his mom.

The fire scene was still up Monday night as investigators tried to figure out what started the fire that took Grose’s life.

Neighbors said Grose wasn't perfect, but he did die a hero. He would do anything for his mom, just like he did Monday morning. 

“He was very caring,” Sharon Gunter said.

“He cared about his mom quite a bit,” Scott Poe added. “He was always there for her.”

Those neighbors had an unwanted wake-up call just after 3:30 a.m., and they saw their neighbor's lifeless body pulled from the side of the house.

Poe has lived next door to Grose for nearly 25 years.

“He’s always been nice to us,” Poe told FOX23. “We'd see him out and we'd wave."

Gunter went to high school with Grose, graduating just a couple of years after. Now coincidentally, she lived across the street.

“He was a really nice guy,” she said. “He come over and mowed my yard one time when I was at work.

Gunter said Grose had a rough past that some might remember, but she says he was working hard to change that.

“He was trying to clean up his life,” she said.

A life the fire cut short.

FOX23 talked to the fire marshal on the scene Monday.

They believe they know what started the fire, but won't release any details until they get confirmation back from lab tests.

Two Bixby firemen suffered heat exhaustion and slight smoke inhalation. They are doing just fine.

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