By Mario Hilario
LINCOLN, R.I. (WJAR/CNN) - A Rhode Island man is mourning the loss of his wife of nearly seven decades.
The 91-year-old woman died in a house fire Tuesday morning.
Henry Barry, 90, was in the basement when the fire broke out. The fire chief says it started in the basement, then traveled up.
"I smelled smoke, went to see what the smoke was and all of a sudden this thing burst into flames," said Barry.
His wife, Jeannette, was in the bedroom on the first floor.
"Went upstairs to try to get her, but all of a sudden our place was full of smoke," said barry.
Jeannette Barry was 91, a loving and much loved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
"My pepe told me the only thing he regretted in 70 years was that he wished he had more time," said granddaughter Laura Reynolds.
"She's the only girl I ever had, we met when we were 18, went to the service, got married in 1945," said Barry.
"They're anything could ask for in grandparents and in people, they're my heroes," said Reynolds.
Now their close-knit family is coming together to comfort each other, and be there for the patriarch of their family, who's coping with losing the love of his life.
Investigators are still searching for the cause of the fire.