Victim from Price Hill fire dies from his injuries

Posted by Amber Jenkins - email

PRICE HILL, OH (FOX19) --- A man who was found unconscious in a fire on Wednesday has died from his injuries.

76-year-old Jerry Friend died early Friday morning at the burn unit of University Hospital.  He suffered severe burns from the chest up after a fire at the 600 block of Pedretti Avenue on Wednesday. Fire crews found Friend unconscious, sitting in a chair at the time of the fire.

Neighbors at the scene tell FOX19 that he may have been smoking and fell asleep.

Cincinnati Fire crews are still investigating the cause of the fire that caused $15,000 in damage to his apartment.