Man found dead in burned shed in Fayetteville
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A Fayetteville family is grieving after their brother’s body was found in a burning storage shed Sunday, according to WTVD-TV.
Firefighters were called around 7:30 p.m. to the 5400 of Cardigan Court near Yadkin Road, after the man’s family saw smoke coming from the shed.
The victim was identified as 54-year-old William Pittman.
Family members said he had been living in the shed behind his family’s home for about eight months. They said he refused to come inside their home due to his schizophrenia.
Family members told WTVD-TV they believed Pittman was smoking and caught his mattress on fire. The victim’s two brothers said they threw buckets of water on the flames.
A neighbor who went to high school with the brothers said he was jogging past the home when he noticed the frantic scene and started helping.
“To see it again like this is just terrible, terrible event,” Berry Ward said. “You never want to see this happen to anybody and the way that that ended … horrible situation.”
Pittman’s family said it is the third death in the family in nine days.
Authorities said they do not suspect any fool play in connection with the incident.