Investigators say smoking materials ignited fatal Bismarck fire

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Investigators have determined a fire that killed a Bismarck man earlier this month was started accidentally by smoking materials.

Seventy-two-year-old James Mulfinger died May 11 in a fire at a 12-unit apartment building in Bismarck.

Firefighters found him unresponsive in the apartment where the fire started.

Twenty-two firefighters responded, along with police and ambulance crews.

No other injuries to residents or firefighters were reported.

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