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Nashville man dies from smoke inhalation

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A Nashville man, found dead in his burned out mobile home, died of smoke inhalation.

Gus Jones was pulled from a bedroom of his mobile home early Friday morning. Investigators say the fire was intentionally set by Jones roommate, James Davis, Jr.

Davis is already charged with arson and will now likely face murder charges.

An autopsy shows Gus Jones died as a result of the fire believed to be intentionally set. As flames engulfed the mobile home on MLK Jr. drive, neighbor Samuel McKever rushed over to rescue.

"I wanted to go inside but the fire was so thick so I couldn't go inside because if I would I wouldn't never came out," said Samuel McKever.

McKever says he banged on the side of the mobile home opened the windows and yelled for Gus but didn't get an answer.

James Davis, Jr., his roommate is charged with arson.

"Gus told us he was always messing with him," said McKever. "He said he was scared scared for his life. He was really scared for his life."

"Once he (Davis) got started drinking he'd get crazy and his mind just flipped to another guy," said McCoy.

The fire started in the living room, engulfed the home, and later his body was pulled from a bedroom.

A friend placed a balloon next the mobile home to memorialize Jones.

"He got along with everybody," said Jeffery McCoy. "He don't mess with nobody he make people laugh he worked hard."

"Once he got started drinking he'd get crazy and his mind just flipped to another guy," said McCoy.

The coroner says the autopsy shows Gus Jones died from smoke inhalation.

Investigators are still trying to track down Gus Jones' family members. If you have information Nashville Police want you to contact them.

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