Man dies in house fire: Neighbors say he had a huge impact on local music community

A house fire left one man dead. Cece was beloved by his friends and family.

PHOENIX - Audrey awoke at 2:30 Sunday morning to ten foot flames in her neighbor's yard. Her sister's dog, Babe, woke her up because something wasn't right.

The house in flames belonged to a man who neighbors affectionately called "Cece". 

"Everyone liked Cece," she said. 

"I think everybody who knew him loved him," said Mark Haines, who lives across the street. 

Phoenix firefighters responded immediately to the blaze near Central and Northern, but unfortunately, it was too late. Inside the house, they found the body of a man in his 70's who officials have not yet identified. 

Neighbors identify him as Cece Jones, a beloved man, who could make the neighborhood come alive with his music. 

"He'd have parties, and I'd just have people in our backyard, because he has a band, and play all this music we'd hear and yell 'more, more," said Audrey. 

Haines said Cece did a lot of charity work in the community, holding auctions and fundraisers to raise money for people who were sick. A lifelong entertainer, music was his passion.

"He was very, very interested in getting young kids to perform," said Audrey.

Neighbors said Cece would host Voice-style competitions for young kids who wanted to get into music. 

"He was just a great person, and he will be missed," said Haines. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

© 2017 KPNX-TV


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