IFD: 62-year-old man dies in east side fire after smoking next to oxygen tank

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.  – The Indianapolis Fire Department responded to a fatal fire Sunday morning. The blaze was caused by the victim smoking next to an oxygen tank. IFD said the family identified the victim as 62-year-old Albert Lee Edwards Jr., a lifelong Indianapolis resident. His family said he was released from the hospital three days ago.

At around 11:30 a.m., authorities were dispatched to the 4300 block of Fletcher Ave. on the report of a fire. Two other people in the house escaped unharmed.

This is the seventh fire-related death in the IFD service district in 2018.

IFD officials encourage the public to learn about fire safety through its website.