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Former Denison mayor dead after fire at residence

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Former Denison Mayor Bill Lindsay in 2017. (File/KTEN) Former Denison Mayor Bill Lindsay in 2017. (File/KTEN)
Emergency vehicles at the scene of a fatal fire on Royal Ridge Drive in Denison on October 24, 2019. (Courtesy Mike Zapata) Emergency vehicles at the scene of a fatal fire on Royal Ridge Drive in Denison on October 24, 2019. (Courtesy Mike Zapata)

DENISON, Texas -- Former Denison Mayor Bill Lindsay died after a fire at his home on Thursday evening.

He was 80 years old.

Denison Fire Rescue said the blaze was reported at 8:28 p.m. in the 600 block of Royal Ridge Drive.

"Our community mourns the loss of former Mayor Bill Lindsay," Mayor Janet Gott said in a written statement late Friday afternoon. "He unselfishly served his country and community most of his life."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

"We absolutely do our best every single time to prevent any kind of fatality and to complete any kind of rescue as long as it's possible to accommodate," said Denison Fire Rescue Emergency Manager M.L. Metcalf. "Unfortunately, it's just not possible every single time. It's always tragic, and it always fills our hearts with remorse when there is one of these fatalities."

the scene of a fatal fire on Royal Ridge Drive in Denison on October 24, 2019. (KTEN)

Lindsay served as Denison's mayor from 1999 to 2006, and recently served as a board member of the Denison Development Corporation. 

He was credited with bringing vital industries to Denison and planning new development on Lake Texoma.

"It's tragic," said neighbor Charles Muil. "He was a very good person, a very good person."

Lindsay was a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel who served with distinction in the Vietnam War and was honored with the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal and three Purple Hearts.

"His legacy will impact many lives for years to come," Mayor Gott said.

In August, First United Bank in Denison shared a celebratory photo of Lindsay on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

A fire department spokesman said the fire at Lindsay's home started in a common living area on the second floor, and took about 30 minutes to extinguish.

A pet dog in the house survived.

There was no visible fire damage at the 3,200 square foot residence as seen from the street. The house was built in 1970, according to tax records.

KTEN.com editor Walt Zwirko contributed to this report.

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