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Topeka man dies after nursing home fire

Fire officials say a 64-year-old man injured in a fire at a Topeka nursing facility has died.

Topeka Fire Marshal Mike Martin said Alvie McCluskey was injured in the fire at Rose Villa on Saturday.  His death was announced Monday.

Martin said in a news release that fire crews arriving at the building found smoke in the hallways.  Nursing staff led firefighters to McCluskey, who was taken to a Topeka hospital.

The blaze was contained to the room where it started and was out when firefighters arrived.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports a preliminary investigation indicated the fire was accidental and likely caused by careless use of smoking materials.  The building was not damaged.  Martin said smoke detectors in the building worked as designed.

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