Investigators blame smoking materials for fatal fire
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities blame discarded smoking materials for an apartment fire that killed a Cedar Rapids man.
Cedar Rapids Fire Department investigators on Tuesday said the smoking materials ignited a chair inside the apartment, causing the Saturday morning fire.
When firefighters entered the apartment, they found 57-year-old Thomas Jones inside, near the chair.
Jones was taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, where he died Saturday afternoon.