Elderly disabled man dies in Durham high-rise apartment fire

DURHAM, NC (WNCN) — An elderly disabled man died in a high-rise fire on Saturday afternoon.

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The call came in around 1:20 p.m. for a fire at JFK Towers at 4900 N. Roxboro Street in Durham, officials said.

JFK Towers is a Section 8 community for adults who are 62 years old and over and/or disabled, according to apartments.com.

After firefighters extinguished the fire, they “found a deceased elderly man in a chair in the room,” officials said in a press release. Neighbors said the man who died was disabled.

The fire was contained to a small area of the room where the victim was found.

Between 30-40 other apartments were affected by smoke and water damage from the blaze, which happened on the third floor.  However, “building management said that none of it was significant enough to displace any residents,” fire officials said.

The man’s family has been notified, and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. His identity has not been released.

Investigators say fire does not appear suspicious and was accidental, but they are investigating the source of the fire.

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