Man, Cat Die in Florida Apartment Fire

Authorities said the fire started in the bedroom and appeared to be accidental.

Monday, Jul 29, 2013  |  Updated 3:04 PM EDT
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A man and a cat are dead following a fire at a Daytona Beach apartment.

Fire officials found a 47-year-old man, who neighbors identified as Thomas Knoeblich, face down behind his front door early Monday, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported. He was found shortly after 1:30 a.m., the report said.

Authorities said the fire started in the bedroom and appeared to be accidental. The state fire marshal's office is investigating.

Firefighters tried to revive the man, who was taken to a Daytona Beach hospital. He died a short time later.

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