- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a man who died following a fire at a western Pennsylvania apartment complex.

The Washington County coroner’s office said 66-year-old James Springer was pronounced dead about an hour after the blaze was reported at his residence in Washington, Pennsylvania.

Officials said the fire was reported at about 8:40 p.m. Friday at the Washington Arbor Apartments.

Police officer Michael Cain told The (Washington) Observer-Reporter that smoke was so thick on the fifth floor that emergency workers couldn’t see more than a foot.

Officials said police and firefighters carried some of the residents on the sixth through ninth floors down the steps on their backs.

An autopsy is planned to determine the cause and manner of Springer’s death. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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