Brazil Chief releases cause of fatal Meridian Towers fire

Officials have released the cause of the fatal Meridian Towers fire that happened on Feb. 5 in Brazil.

Posted: Feb 12, 2018 3:33 PM
Updated: Feb 12, 2018 6:37 PM

CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Officials have released the cause of the fatal Meridian Towers fire that happened on Feb. 5 in Brazil.

News 10 Spoke with Brazil Fire Chief Jake Bennett. He says the cause of the fire was the apartment occupant smoking while using an oxygen machine. 

The fire at Meridian Towers killed one and injuried two. Dozens of residents were unable to get back into their apartments until Sunday afternoon. 

The Clay County Coroner identified the victim was Elizabeth Thorpe.

Bennett says at this point, one of the injured residents is still receiving medical care in Indianapolis. He says the other injured resident has been released from the hospital.

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