LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Little Rock Fire Department are investigating a structure fire where one man has been found dead.

Emergency crews were called around 4:30 p.m. concerning a fire near the corner of East 17th and College Street near Oakland Cemetery. Wilbert Morrison and his wife returned home from church when they said they heard an explosion. Morrison ran outside and saw flames from his neighbor's house.

"My first thought was he was on fire. I knew he was on fire when I heard that noise," said Morrison.

Morrison and others in the neighborhood tried to rescue the elderly man, but were unsuccessful. Neighbors worked frantically trying to get into the building. Once they found a way in, the flames were too much for them to handle.

Firefighters entered the residence and managed to put out the fire and found one man dead.

The fire department is continuing to investigate the cause of the fire.