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Man killed in Farmington apartment fire

Devin Neeley
January 11, 2017 06:31 PM

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Fire Department is investigating a fire that started around 8 p.m. Tuesday night. They also said a man’s body was found inside that apartment.

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Neighbors said they didn’t notice the fire until someone driving the back of the apartment building came around and reported smoke coming from an air conditioner on the back. They immediately recognized that the apartment tenant was still inside. They alerted the landlord, who opened the door of the apartment.

“We tried, got fire extinguishers. We got the fire down so we could get through the door a little, then the roof caught on fire. It was too late,” said Chester Mitchell, a former tenant of the apartment building.

Neighbors said they attempted to rescue the occupant of the apartment.

“Tried to go in, tried to save him, there was nothing we could do,” William Pfaff said.

“Here was just so much dark smoke we couldn't even see him in there,” added Mitchell.

Farmington police confirmed that the resident of the apartment died in the fire, though they have not yet identified him. The Farmington Fire Department said they were able to knock down the fire rather quickly. About 16 families could not stay in their apartment.

The fire department continues to investigate the cause of the fire.

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