NEW CARLISLE — Lydia Woodcox say she was scared to watch her father go into the burning mobile home, and just as worried when he came out alone.
About 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Lydia stood and watched as her father, Brian Woodcox, opened the doors of the smoking mobile home and searched for the man inside.
"He had to come out ’cause he thought his head was on fire," 13-year-old Lydia said.
Brian Woodcock then broke out windows to the home in a small mobile home park along U.S. 20 on New Carlisle’s east side, and he tried to rouse the man inside, even as the flames grew stronger.
Despite Brian’s effort, firefighters arrived to find a fully engulfed fire and a man – whose name has not been released pending notification of his family — dead inside.
The man, neighbors said, had lived in the home for at least nine years after experiencing a stroke in his 30s that left one side of his body partially paralyzed.