Man killed in Middletown apartment fire

Published: May. 7, 2017 at 4:17 PM EDT|Updated: May. 8, 2017 at 7:41 AM EDT
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MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - An investigation is underway after a man was killed in a fire in Butler County.

Firefighters were called to the 200 block of Vandeveer St. around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

It was initially reported as a kitchen fire.

Officials said a man stated his roommate was possibly still in their apartment. The man told firefighters that when he left, he told the other resident that food was on the stove for him.

Firefighters went in an removed a 59-year-old man from the unit.

He was transported to Atrium Medical Center where he died.

Everyone else in the building made it out safely.

The man's name and cause of death have not been released.

The Red Cross is helping residents.

According to the fire report, the smoke detector failed to operate because the battery was missing or disconnected.

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