Bedridden man dies in El Cajon house fire

EL CAJON, Calif. - An elderly man died in a house fire in El Cajon Thursday morning, fire officials said.

Heartland Fire Department crews battled the fire burning in the front room of a house on the 900 block of S. Magnolia Avenue at 5:30 a.m.

FOX 5 spoke to the victim's nephew, Berkeley Loveless. He identified the victim as 72-year-old  Mike Loveless.

"He was both generous and cantankerous," Berkeley said. "If he liked you, you were golden, and he helped out  a lot of people."

Two women who were also living in the home were able to get out of the house and were unharmed.

"Mike was a generous guy, and they were living with him, and  they would help each other," Berkeley said.

Berkeley said his uncle was bedridden and had health issues.

"We were expecting him to go pretty soon," said Berkeley. "This fire was unexpected."

The cause of the fire was under investigation.