1 dead after fire at vacant home in Fort Smith


FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — One person is dead after a fire at a vacant home in Fort Smith on Monday.

According to Fort Smith Fire Chief Phil Christensen, the department responded to 616 N. 19th Street on Monday night for reports of a structure fire.

According to Aric Mitchell with the Fort Smith Police Department, the victim is 56-year-old David Lee Griffith. Christensen said he believed Griffith was the only person in the building at the time.

“No foul play suspected. Home did not have utilities and it appeared as though the victim was using a candle for lighting,” Mitchell said.

Fire marshals will investigate the cause of the fire, he said.

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