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Burn victim still in hospital

A Shiloh man remains in critical condition in UAB after his home caught fire late Thursday.

As of early Friday, 47-year-old Tyrone Mason was still in poor condition after suffering severe burns, said Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport, who is his uncle.

The home on Highway 130 in Banks was destroyed throughout after a fire broke out around 10 p.m. Mason was burned atop in head and down his back after struggling to escape the home where he resided with his mother Beatrice Mason.

Beatrice made it out of the house safely.

Thurston Lee, Mason’s neighbor and cousin, was the first to notice the house on fire, starting small in the back of the home.

“Before you knew it, the fire was out of control,” Lee said.

Beatrice was asleep when the fire broke out, but she was awakened by her son yelling.

“He was hollering. He couldn’t get out,” Beatrice said.

“My aunt was running out of the house when I ran in. There was so much smoke everywhere. All I could see was this right here,” Lee said, grabbing a hold of his aunt.

Beatrice and her son have lived in the home since 2002, but she said it’s been a part of her family for years.

“It belonged to my aunt, and when she died, we moved in,” Beatrice said.

“This house has been in my family. There’s a lot of sentimental value with it,” Lee added.

Banks Volunteer Fire Chief Shane Brown said the case remains under investigation, and he is unsure what started the fire.