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Longtime NCCU employee dies in Durham house fire

Posted May 8

— A longtime employee at North Carolina Central University died late Sunday after he was trapped inside a home on fire in north Durham.

Around 11:15 p.m., Durham firefighters responded to a fire at 1214 Summerville Lane.

An alarm system in the house alerted the monitoring company to a possible fire, and when the company called the home, a man confirmed the house was on fire and that everyone was getting out, authorities said.

When firefighters arrived, a woman met them outside and told them she believed someone was still inside. Firefighters entered the house through a second-floor window, but the fire was too advanced, and they were forced to retreat before locating the man.

The body of William Michael Logan, 52, was found later in a second-floor bathroom, authorities said.

Logan worked as a construction engineer in Facilities Management at N.C. Central, officials said.

Basketball coach LeVelle Moton called Logan a great guy with a warm personality.

"Nothing came or went out of this gym without his approval – the new floor, the Jumbotron, he approved the computer lab and our new film room," Moton said. "He was very supportive of the program and where we are trying to take it."

The back of the three-story, 3,900-square-foot home was gutted by the blaze, authorities said.

The fire appears to have started on a back deck, although authorities haven't determined the cause. Discarded cigarettes and tiki torches on the deck are being investigated as possible causes.

The fire likely burned for a while before it was noticed, authorities said.

"It's a big house," said Durham Deputy Fire Chief Chris Iannuzzi. "There are a lot of spaces, a lot of places where the fire can get into and hide, so there was a lot of destructive work in accessing those spots."

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