Man dies in apartment fire despite neighbors' efforts to save him

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on March 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 12 at 2:00 PM

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HOUSTON -- Neighbors took action to try and save a 58-year-old man from his burning home mid-Tuesday morning, but the smoke was too much to overcome.

According to the Houston Fire Department, the fire was reported shortly after 9 a.m. when neighbors spotted smoke coming from an apartment in the 4000 block of S. Braeswood near Greenwillow.

Neighbors called 911 and then, with the assistance of property management, went into the home to try and save the man inside. They were forced out after being overwhelmed with smoke.

Firefighters later picked up the man and took him outside where he was pronounced dead. Responding paramedics said it appeared the man died from smoke inhalation.

HFD said the fire appeared to have originated from the man’s bedroom, but the cause of the blaze was not yet determined.

Some neighbors said the man was a smoker, and they suspect he may have been smoking bed, igniting the fire. They also said the residents who tried to save the man saw his mattress on fire.

Officials said 35 firefighters were called to the scene to assist.

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