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Fire victim ID’d

By From page A1 | February 08, 2012

The man who died in an El Dorado Hills apartment fire last weekend has been identified by authorities as 57-year-old Daniel Miles.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz said an official cause of death had not yet been determined — an autopsy was done last week — but El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Dave Roberts previously told Village Life that Miles was found near a chair where he had apparently gone to sleep, possibly with a lit cigarette.

“He was a heavy smoker,” said Roberts.

Firefighters responded to the apartment at Applegrove Circle in El Dorado Hills at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Crews were able to contain the fire in less than two minutes and keep it from spreading to nearby structures.

Lake Forest Apartments were built roughly 13 years ago, said Roberts, before sprinkler systems were required, so the fire burned hot inside the apartment, but fortunately remained contained.

“There are seven other apartments in that building,” the chief told Village Life. “This could have been much worse.”

Inside of Miles’ residence, firefighters found many flammable items strewn about, including paper plates, empty microwave boxes and 30-gallon bags filled with trash that were never thrown out.

“He wasn’t really a horder, but he had many black plastic bags full of trash all over the apartment, along with boxes and boxes of cigarette cartons and cigarette butts all over the floor,” said Roberts. “It was a recipe for disaster.”

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Jim Ratajczak

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