Vietnam Vet Was Shot Seven Times — Now He’s Dead After a House Fire

Celebrated war veteran and beloved grandfather passed away when flames engulfed his Georgia home

An early morning house fire in rural Georgia has left a celebrated war veteran and beloved grandfather dead.

Family members confirmed that Duane Downey, 71, died during the blaze that engulfed his home in the small town of Bethlehem, Georgia, around 5 a.m. on Monday morning.

They added that he was a Vietnam veteran who survived being shot seven times and being hit with a rocket during the war.

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A neighbor told WSB-TV that Downey was disabled.

Firefighters said that they were trying to access the second floor of the home to rescue anyone inside.

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But they weren’t able to extinguish the flames enough to get through.

Police are now investigating to determine the cause of the fire.

Downey’s grandson, Derrick Bozeman, told WSB-TV on Sunday that his family will focus on celebrating his grandfather’s legacy.

“All we can do now is pick up the pieces and celebrate who he was,” Bozeman said.

Anna Hopkins is a freelance reporter with Fox News Digital based in New York City. This Fox News piece is used by permission. 

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