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Fire in Fort Worth kills elderly man; one hurt in Arlington apartment blaze

Firefighters continue to work at a house that caught fire overnight, killing the elderly man inside, according to the Fort Worth Fire Department.
Firefighters continue to work at a house that caught fire overnight, killing the elderly man inside, according to the Fort Worth Fire Department. STAR-TELEGRAM

The death of a man whose body was found in the burning remains of his home in north Fort Worth early Saturday is being investigated as a “possible homicide,” said Fort Worth police spokeswoman Tamara Pena.

No information about the cause of death or the victim’s identity had been released late Saturday.

The fire was reported about 3:15 a.m. Saturday in the 3900 block of Oscar Avenue, near Meacham Airport, according to a news release. Firefighters found heavy fire coming from the front of the house when they arrived.

The release says that while fighting the fire, firefighters discovered the body of a man believed to be about 90 years old. However, a neighbor insisted to firefighters that the man was in his 50s or 60s, a fire official said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

In an apartment fire in Arlington, one person was injured and 27 were displaced during a predawn fire at the Pavilion Apartments near Cooper Street and Interstate 20.

The fire at the apartment complex, at 3500 Willowood Circle, was reported at 4:10 a.m., said Arlington fire spokesman Lt. David Tyler.

Firefighters contained the fire damage to one apartment unit; another had smoke damage, and three others had water and smoke damage, Tyler said.

He said the injured person was sent to Parkland Memorial Hospital “with unknown severity of burns.”

The Red Cross responded and assisted those whose apartments were damaged.

Staff writer Robert Cadwallader contributed to this report.

Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST

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