Elderly man dies in apartment fire in east Houston

The smell of smoke got the attention of people at an east Houston apartment complex, but one elderly man wasn't able to get out in time.

February 11, 2010 7:20:37 AM PST
An elderly man was found dead after an overnight apartment fire in east Houston, despite the best efforts by neighbors and firefighters to save him. The victim's body was found inside his downstairs apartment unit at a complex off Hershe near Harlem. A neighbor was about to go to sleep when he realized there was a fire. He says it took him a few minutes to figure out where the fire was coming from.

"We went downstairs and we saw smoke coming from the window and we knocked on the door. Nobody answered," said neighbor Shane Freeman. "By the time the fire department got here and got the door open, it was flames and smoke."

Arson and homicide detectives are both investigating the cause of the fire.