A Tacoma man who died early Tuesday when his apartment caught fire has been identified as 39-year-old Lonnie Malone.
Fire investigators say a wall heater ignited items nearby in Malone’s downstairs unit at the Spanish Hills apartments, 6409 S. 12th St.
A passerby spotted smoke about 1:20 a.m. and called 911.
“While we were knocking the fire down, we did find a single occupant in the apartment,” Tacoma Fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said.
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No one else was injured.
As firefighters worked to put out the blaze, they brought in a bus to shelter residents of the building who were evacuated.
Since no other apartments were damaged, residents were allowed to return to their homes within a short time.
Officials said Malone, who was originally from Chicago, lived alone.
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