Man killed in Draper apartment fire identified


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DRAPER — One man is dead after a fire at a small apartment complex in Draper.

Firefighters responded to the townhouse-style complex near 100 East and 15000 South just after 11 p.m. Tuesday. When they arrived, they found smoke pouring from an apartment, according to Unified Fire officials.

Crews found a man dead inside a bedroom. Officials identified him as 68-year-old John M. Peterson who lived at the residence.

The fire started in the bedroom where Peterson was found, though what caused it was still being investigated Wednesday, according to the Unified Fire Authority.

Other apartments were evacuated, but otherwise were not affected by the fire.

Draper police are now assisting with the investigation.

The cause of Peterson's death was not immediately clear. An autopsy was scheduled, said Draper Police Deputy Chief John Eining.

Contributing: Ben Lockhart

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