The cause of the fatal fire and the resulting death is still under investigation.
Ricky Kyle, 52, of 968 Bud Long Drive, was found in the shop dead around 10 a.m. on Monday. Kyle’s body has been sent to Memphis for an autopsy.
“He had called a friend around 9 a.m. to bring him cigarettes from town and the shop was on fire when the friend got there about one hour later,” said McNairy County Fire Chief Darrell Goodrum.
Goodrum said the shop was located about 30-40 feet behind Kyle’s residence, just off U.S. Hwy. 64 W. in Selmer.
“His friend called 911 when he saw smoke in the shop and then began trying to put out the fire with a waterhose,” Goodrum said.
Chief Goodrum said there was no apparent cause of the fire that appeared to have started in the middle of the wood-frame workshop. He said there was little damage done to the building.
The McNairy County Fire Chief said he called Tennessee’s Bomb and Arson Squad when he saw there was a fatality, but he said that is a routine procedure whenever there is a death in a fire.
Goodrum said it was the first death in a fire in the county since a Leapwood man died on Nov. 3, 2009 in what turned out to be a murder.
The Rose Creek Fire Department responded to the fire and two other departments, Byrd Locke and Sulphur Springs, were in route to the fire when Goodrum canceled their calls.
Goodrum said it would be likely two to three weeks before the autopsy is returned with a cause of death.