Fire at Overland Park condo kills 1; careless disposal of smoking material suspected


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OVERLAND PARK, Kansas — Investigators believe careless disposal of smoking materials caused a condo fire that killed one man in northeast Kansas.

The Overland Park Fire Department identified the victim as 74-year-old James Arthur Stoker.

A neighbor in the eight-unit building called 911 around 4 a.m. Monday after waking up to the smell of smoke. Firefighters found Stoker dead in his condo.

No other injuries were reported.

Friends told KMBC-TV ( ) that Stoker had heart problems and used oxygen while continuing to smoke. Overland Park officials said the death fit one of the city's most common profiles for fire fatalities — an older adult smoker who lives independently and uses an oxygen tank.

Information from: KMBC-TV,

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