Man dies in Sidney fire (with photos)

By Suzanne Proulx
By Matt Porter

March 27, 2013 Updated Oct 27, 2013 at 7:16 AM EDT

Sidney, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A man is killed in an early morning house fire Wednesday in Sidney.

The fire broke out at approximately 1:25 a.m. at 7 Clinton St.

David Ruling, 33, was found dead at the scene, according to the home's landlord and Sidney police. An autopsy on Ruling's cause of death is expected Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators believe the fire was accidental, but won't issue a final report until after the autopsy findings are released.

Three other people lived in the home. All made it out alive.

Larry Sullivan, who lived at the home, woke up when his 14-year-old miniature Pinscher pug barked him awake.

He quickly got up and helped his next door neighbor Diana Thrower escape the flames.

"The smoke was just billowing right behind me," Sullivan said, "And I yelled to Diana to get up. And made sure she was up and ready to go out."

The Vietnam veteran said he had never been so close to death.

"We couldn't even see coming down the stairs, the smoke was that heavy," Sullivan said, "And I've been in a lot of scary situations, but that was scary."

Sullivan mourned the loss of his downstairs neighbor.

"It's sad somebody's got to die like that," he said. "But, you can't change it now. What's done is done. And I feel sorry for his family and everything else."

Landlord Henrik Lauvas said he didn't know much about the 33-year-old victim other than he was generally quiet.

"He kept to himself," Lauvas said, "He kept to himself as much as he could."

Sullivan and the other two surviving tenants have found temporary housing with family and friends.

"What do I do now?" Sullivan asked. "Where do I go from here? How do I replace everything I'm losing?"

The home is not a total loss, but it could take at least a month before renters can move back into their apartments.