Police identify man who died from smoke inhalation in Hartford apartment


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Police have identified the man who died from smoke inhalation in a Hartford apartment on Sunday.

The Hartford Fire Department says fire officials responded to a fire call on 359 Garden Street at 1:46 p.m. Sunday. No fire was present, but there was smoke. Officials say a body was found in the building and the person was a smoker who was on oxygen prior to the fire.

The victim was later identified as 67-year-old Roberto Marquez. He had suffered from smoke inhalation and was reported dead.

According to police, it was discovered that Marquez had a nasal oxygen cannula extended throughout the apartment and that the cannula had evidence of smoke/soot within.

Police say it it appears that a small fire had started in a bedroom on a small rug, next to the bed where Marquez may have been sleeping prior to the ignition of the fire. Police say that there’s evidence that a lit cigarette ignited the rug.

The death has been labeled as non-suspicious.

The incident remains under investigation.

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