Korean War veteran found dead in burning home


DORAVILLE, Ga. - DeKalb County fire investigators are looking into what started a fire that killed a man inside his Doraville home.

Family members say 83-year-old Ross Donis lived alone in the house on Eula Circle. Home video from neighbors showed black smoke and flames coming from the home.

"The smoke was so bad, they go too fast, nobody can do nothing," Pablo Moreno told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri.

He said neighbors tried to reach Donis.

"They knocked hard on the door. 'Hey. Hey. Hey. Hey!' But smoke so bad," Moreno said. "Broke the window, but by the time we get there, the fire was going crazy."

Firefighters said the home partially collapsed and flames started to spread to the home next door before they extinguished the fire.

Donis' family arrived at the home and spoke to Viteri off camera. His son, Tom Donis, told Viteri his father was a grandfather to four and had 13 great-grand kids, whom he saw often.

Assistant Chief Steve Ham with DeKalb County Fire Rescue told Viteri the cause of the fire is under investigation.

"I've been doing this for quite a while and it never gets easier having to see this sort of thing," Ham said.

Family members said Donis was a veteran of the Korean War and active in the American Legion. 

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