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Close friend remembers victim of Friday night house fire

Brennen Chase Teel (Source: Facebook) Brennen Chase Teel (Source: Facebook)

Brennen Chase Teel was the only victim of a south Lubbock house fire Friday night at the home of his friend Ross Rushing. 

Teel was 31 years old. He passed away in the garage of the Rushing house when a lightning strike hit a natural gas conduit. Teel was killed in the backdraft explosion. On Sunday, we learned a bit more about a man who lived an extraordinary life.

Brennen Teel was born on July 7, 1981. He attended Texas Tech, but lived in Rockwall, Texas. He was an avid fisherman, called the best sight fisherman in the world by his friends. He also loved to hunt, taking safari trips to Africa to catch wild game, and was considered a grill master by those who knew him.

Derrick Kennimer was a close friend of Brennen's and says he will be dearly missed.

"He was the best man I've known my entire life," Kennimer said. "He lived life to the fullest and made sure that every day wasn't a waste."

"He recently had one of our friends name their little boy after him. That says a lot about the type of person Brennen was," Kennimer said.

Brennen Teel traveled the United States in search of outdoor adventure, forging many friendships along the way. Derrick says he's never known a friendlier man.

"He just had that certain charm and that certain smile... No matter what kind of mood you were in he'd make you laugh. He was positive 100 percent of the time. I've never heard him one day in my life talk bad about anybody. He was just an absolute gentleman," Kennimer said.

Brennen faced some hardships early on in his life. At age six he was diagnosed with acute leukemia. After battling it into remission, he developed the attitude that people around him saw, living every moment to the fullest.

Derrick tried to remember the best moment that he and Brennen ever spent together, but fighting back tears he said, "There's so many of them, I couldn't just remember one. It's too hard right now to just think of one."

"There won't be a day that goes by that we won't miss him." Kennimer said.

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