Former Warren County firefighter dies in house fire

Published 2:25 pm Sunday, November 19, 2017


One person was killed in a fire Sunday morning on Roy Young Road.

Danny Cogan, 55, died after Warren County fire units responded to a fully consumed structure fire at 318 Roy Young Road.

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E911 coordinator Shane Garrard said a call was received at 6:02 a.m. that there were visible flames and smoke coming from the house.

“Neighbors tried to do a rescue on him,” Garrard said. “The flames and smoke was too much and they couldn’t get in to him. It was a recovery from that point when we were able to get in there.”

Cogan was a former Warren County firefighter who had served as a chief with the Northeast Volunteer Fire Department until two months ago when he stepped down.

“He was an assistant chief when I got on with Northeast,” Garrard said. “He was an outstanding guy. He always took time with the junior firefighters, spent time with them, teaching them and helping them learn how to do things. Just a real likeable guy. He’s got two cousins on Vicksburg Fire Department so he has been around fire his whole life.”

County fire coordinator Jerry Briggs said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but preliminary results show that it was accidental. The Warren County sheriff’s office fire investigator Sam Winchester, Warren County fire and the state fire investigator’s office are working together on the investigation.

Garrard said units from Northeast, Culkin and Fisher Ferry fire departments were on scene until about 10:30 a.m. battling the fire.

“It is really hard actually,” Briggs said of fighting a fire where you know the person in the house. “For the younger ones it probably is going to be worse than some of us older ones who have been around the block. We are going to reach out to them this week and offer some counseling for them.”