Firefighters got the call just before 2 a.m. The dead man was identified as 36-year-old Quinton King, who friends said lived alone.
They remembered a friendly man who loved to cook.
"Everybody loved Quinton, but the thing about it, Quinton loved everybody. Quinton was the type of person, regardless of where he found himself in life, he would go out and beyond boundaries to try to help anybody," said family friend LaVonne Merritt.
Fire investigators are searching for a cause, but people who knew King told ABC11 they believe it may have started in the kitchen - where they think he made himself a meal after watching the NCAA championship game Monday night at a friend's home.
He's fondly remembered as a hard worker at a nearby screen-printing factory.
"Quinton would get up every morning and he would walk to work. He would walk to work with a smile. A lot of times, I would offer Quinton a ride, he'd say 'No, I'm okay!' So no matter where Quentin found himself in life, he kept a smile," said Merritt.
Merritt said King was the life of the party, and a devoted father to his daughter.
"Quinton would often say 'I love you.' But today, on behalf of friends, family, and coworkers, I want to say Quinton, we miss you, and we love you, too," said Merritt.
Merritt said King left school at 16 to start working to help his mother. But years later, he earned his GED. He was also planning to get his driver's license so he could drive to work.