One dead in apartment fire in southwest Houston

An apartment fire in southwest Houston has left one person dead (Pooja Lodhia)

March 12, 2013 10:25:00 AM PDT
An apartment fire this morning in southwest Houston has left one person dead.

Firefighters and arson investigators are still at the Carlton House Apartments at 4155 S. Braeswood, just west of Stella Link Rd., working to find out what caused the blaze.

According to the Houston Fire Department, neighbors called 911 shortly after 9am saying they smelled smoke. A fire station is only a couple of minutes away from here and when firefighters got to the scene they say they found a man dead on his bed. They say the bed was on fire when they arrived.

Firefighters managed to get his body downstairs and keep the fire from spreading to any other units. We spoke with neighbors who know the victim and they say he used to smoke in his bed before sleeping.

"You know, life goes on. If you smoke in bed when you go to sleep, it happens like that," said the victim's friend, Tony Baines.

"There is only fire on the bed so it will be up to the arson investigators to determine what might have caused that fire on the bed," HFD Spokesperson Jay Evans.

Firefighters had the fire under control shortly after 9:30am. There were no other reported injuries.

The 58-year-old victim has not yet been identified.

Firefighters say this is still an active investigation. We will bring you more details on Eyewitness News and

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