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Fort Smith fire caused by space heater leaves two people dead

A woman died in the fire and a man later died from his injuries at the hospital.

FORT SMITH, Ark. — Two people are dead after a fire in Fort Smith.

According to Fort Smith Fire Marshal Ethan Millard, crews responded to a fire at 604 North 13th Street in Fort Smith around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 16).

Millard says the detached garage was converted into an apartment and that a space heater that was too close to a chair caused the fire.

It took crews about five minutes to put out the fire, and when they did they found one 33-year-old woman dead and a 39-year-old man was taken to an area hospital. The woman's body was sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy.

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Fort Smith Police have since identified the woman as Haley L. Johnson. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The man was taken to a hospital but later died from his injuries. 

The man has been identified as Edgardo Garcia.

The fire caused about $5,000 in damage.

This joint investigation of the Fire Marshal and FSPD is ongoing, and more information will be released at its conclusion.

Millard says if you plan on using a space heater, ensure that you are using it correctly.

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