Thanksgiving fire takes the lives of Madison County father & son

Sheriff Buddy Harwood confirms with News 13, Max Hadden Holcombe Sr., 70, and his son, Max Hadden Holcomb Jr., 37 both died inside their home at 66 Rocky Lane in Mars Hill over the Thanksgiving holiday. (Photo Credit: WLOS Staff)

A father and son died in their rural Mars Hill mobile home during a fire over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Sheriff Buddy Harwood said, Max Hadden Holcomb Sr., 70, and his son, Max Hadden Holcomb Jr., 37 both died at 66 Rocky Lane sometime between 11 p.m. Thursday night and 4 p.m. Friday.

A neighbor called the sheriffs department Saturday to ask them to do a welfare check. The victims were found inside the home. One was in a bed and the other victim in the home.

Harwood said the fire began in the kitchen area near the stove, but it's unclear if anything was cooking or what caused the fire.

"I stood at my brother's doorway," said Serena Hughes, the victims' brother and daughter. "I couldn't make it to Dad's room, couldn't make it through the kitchen."

Sheriff Harwood said both victims died of smoke inhalation. Harwood said neighbor, Blake Ray, called the Sheriffs Department to do the welfare check Saturday afternoon.

From the outside of the home, little damage is visible. Sheriff Harwood said there wasn't enough oxygen and the fire burned itself out.

The SBI is leading the investigation.

"The hardest thing for me is not to have my best friend and my brother was my best friend," said Hughes. "I'll never hear how's my beautiful daughter(from my Dad). I love you."

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