Fire victim known as ‘a simple man’



An old family homestead was the site of a fire that occurred early this month and resulted in the death of long-time Cleveland resident Randy Longshore.

An old family homestead was the site of a fire that occurred early this month and resulted in the death of long-time Cleveland resident Randy Longshore.

Cleveland native Randy Longshore, who died in a fire last week, was well-known around the community.

“He was a recognizable face who was always happy,” said Cleveland fire chief Steve Pass.“He was always willing to help someone out.”

Longshore’s sister described him as “a simple man,” but wouldn’t comment on the situation further.

Longshore, who was in his 50s, died at his family’s homestead during the early morning hours of Oct. 1. The source of the fire is undetermined, according to Pass, but foul play is not suspected.

The death has come as a shock to many in the town. The last time someone died in a fire in the community was decades ago during the early 80s when a man and his wife were found side by side in their bed after their home was destroyed by a fire.

An interesting fact in the investigation is the house had no power or running water. Pass said this has been a recent occurrence, but Longshore still wanted to stay in his old family home each and every night.

“That’s where he grew up, and that’s where he wanted to be,” Pass said.