1 dead following fire at Miami Twp. apartment complex

A person died after a fire heavily damaged a Miami Twp. apartment Sunday.

Miami Valley Fire District crews responded to Cobblegate Drive near Alex Bell Road around 10:40 a.m.

Crews took one person to Miami Valley Hospital, who later was pronounced dead, Miami Valley Fire District Battalion Chief Glenn Jirka said.

The victim’s name has not been released.

The complex has four two-story units. The unit where the fire started had heavy damage to a room on the second floor as well as smoke damage throughout the apartment, said Jirka. The unit also has water damage due to crews putting out the fire. It is not habitable.

A neighboring unit had minor damage to the ceiling due to efforts to prevent the fire from spreading, Jirka said. The other two units were not damaged. All three units are habitable.

A second person who also lived in the unit where the fire started will be displaced. That person was not at the unit at the time of the fire.

An initial investigation indicates the fire started in a second story bedroom. The cause remains under investigation but there are no signs of foul play at this time, Jirka said.

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