AKRON, Ohio - A candle may have caused the blaze that killed a man in an Akron home that did not have electricity.
The blaze broke out around 10:10 p.m. on Thursday.
Alvin Watkins, 56, lived in the home with his mother and sister.
Fire officials were told the family had been living in the home without electricity, but paid their bill on Thursday to have power restored on Friday.
Family members told fire crews the family was using candles as a source of light. Authorities say that could be what caused the fire.
Family and friends heartbroken over the loss of Alvin Watkins, who died in an Akron house fire Thursday night. FirstEnergy confirms electricity had been shut off at the home due to nonpayment. Firefighters say a candle may have started the fire. Story @ 5 & 6. @WEWSpic.twitter.com/6L1MSm3GhJ