SEVIERVILLE — Dispatchers were on the phone with a local man as his house burned around him Saturday, but he was unable to make his way out and firefighters were unable to find him in time to save him.

When the fire was first reported to 911 dispatchers, the caller indicated a home was on fire but they didn’t think anyone was home.

But while firefighters from Sevierville and Pigeon Forge were responding, dispatchers got a call from 40-year-old Brian C. Myers from inside the house.

“The victim stated he could not exit due to fire blocking his route of exit and was in a bathroom,” Battalion Chief Steven Coker said in an incident report.

Dispatchers lost phone contact with Myers a short time after that. Firefighters from Northview Volunteer Fire Department and Sevier County Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the scene, and multiple teams tried to enter the home at different points.

“All interior searches were met with high heat along with low visibility due to thick smoke and were unsuccessful in finding the victim,” Coker said.

They were not able to locate Myers until after the fire was under control.

The fire appeared to have started in a bedroom; the cause was undetermined.

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