The apartment fire that claimed the life of a Bismarck man earlier this month was started accidentally by smoking materials, according to the Bismarck Fire Department.
James Mulfinger, 72, died May 11 in a fire at a 12-unit apartment building on Portland Drive. Firefighters found him unresponsive in the apartment where the fire started.
Twenty-two firefighters responded, along with police, ambulance crews and the Crisis Care Chaplaincy. No other injuries to residents or firefighters were reported.
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