The Transylvania Times -

By Eric Crews
Staff Writer 

Young Man Dies In Penrose Fire – Brevard NC


The victim of a fire at a home in Little River early Sunday morning was described as a young man who loved his family, the farm he lived on and the county where he was born.

Daniel Ray Talley, 32, died Sunday as he attempted to escape an electrical fire that engulfed a 1950s-era farmhouse his grandparents built on the family’s farm, according to his aunt, Janet Talley.

According to Little River Fire Department Chief Jason Merrill, the home was located on Falling Snow Lane in Penrose, roughly one mile south of Grove Bridge Road.

Merrill said a passing motorist called 911 to report the fire just before 3 a.m. Sunday.

By the time firefighters arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames, Merrill said.

“When we got there the house was fully involved,” he said. “Shortly after we arrived, we discovered there was a victim in the fire.”

Janet Talley described her nephew as a very smart young man.

“He had this great sense about life, about meeting people,” she said. “He could make you laugh. Because he knew life and people so well he just had a great sense of humor.”

Janet Talley recalled that her nephew had an opportunity to leave Transylvania County when he was younger but chose to stay in the area and work on the family’s farm because he loved his family and the area where he was born so much.

Firefighters from departments in Little River, Etowah/Horseshoe, Brevard, Cedar Mountain and North Transylvania assisted in battling the blaze. The Brevard Rescue Squad was also on scene assisting firefighters.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced, Janet Talley said.


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