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Update: Investigators Determine Fatal Fire Caused By Cooking

Published On: Mar 11 2013 02:39:57 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 08 2013 01:51:40 PM CST
Churn Creek Fatal fire photo
REDDING, Calif. -

Investigators have revealed the likely cause of a fatal fire at a Redding apartment.

Norman Carroll, 70, was found dead inside his apartment early Thursday morning after a neighbor's smoke detector went off.

Firefighters were called to Churn Creek Apartments at 3503 Churn Creek Road around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

An upstairs neighbor's smoke alarm went off, and they reported the smell of smoke, but there was no fire seen.

Firefighters entered the unit below, and found a very small fire had damaged the kitchen and burned itself out.  Carroll was found unresponsive in the living room.

Fire investigators said Friday the cause of the fire was cooking.  While all the events aren't known, firefighters said the evidence indicates Carroll had experienced a fire in a pan on the stove top.  There are also indications that the victim tried and most likely thought he had contained and extinguished the fire on his own.

A preliminary examination indicates that smoke inhalation may have been a factor in Carroll's death.