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October 21, 2014

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Coroner ID’s man killed in January house fire

A man who died in a house fire in January when he couldn’t get out of bed has been identified by the Clark County Coroner’s Office as Boyd Albrecht, 69, of Las Vegas.

He died of smoke inhalation and burns, officials said.

Three other people suffered smoke inhalation, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said.

Just after midnight on Jan. 17, firefighters received reports of a fire in the 4300 block of Nolan Lane, near Alta Drive and Decatur Boulevard.

A man at the house was watching television when he smelled smoke. He went to check on a roommate, who was confined to his bed because of an injury, but he couldn’t make it beyond a thick veil of black smoke that filled the hallway, Szymanski said.

He and another man escaped out the front door; a third roommate escaped through a bedroom window, Szymanski said.

Firefighters found Albrecht dead in a rear bedroom, he said.

Fire investigators determined that careless smoking or a space heater caused the fire, Szymanski said. The roommates of the deceased man reported that he smoked and had space heater near his bed, where the fire started, officials said.

The fire caused about $100,000 damage.

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