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Man dies in accidental apartment fire, officials say; victim identified

A man was found dead in an early morning apartment fire on Tuesday, June 22, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department.
Published: Jun. 22, 2022 at 7:08 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2022 at 9:17 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A man was found dead in an early morning apartment fire on Tuesday, June 22, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department.

The coroner identified the victim as James Hill Jr., 59.

Officials said the fire happened on South Brightside View Drive around 4 a.m. Investigators with BRFD have ruled the fire as accidental. Officials added it was determined the fire was caused by someone smoking near oxygen equipment.

According to BRFD, when firefighters arrived on the scene, the fire was already out. Officials said when firefighters entered the apartment, they discovered the body in the living room area on the couch.

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