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Man dies in early morning fire at local apartment complex

WACO, TX (KXXV) - Waco police have confirmed that a 26-year-old man and a dog have died from a Waco apartment fire Friday morning.

According to Waco PD spokesperson Steve Anderson, Shane Horrell was found unresponsive as flames spread through the apartment. He was pulled out by neighbors and transported to a local hospital, but could not be revived.

Fire crews got a call just before 5:40 a.m. about a fire in the 1800 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Waco.

Crews arrived to find a fire at the Brazos Park Apartments. A resident at the apartments smelled smoke and heard what she thought was an alarm. She then went outside and told another neighbor, and they began knocking on doors to wake people up. 

They opened one apartment door and smoke rolled out. That is when they called the fire department. Anderson says they could not see if anyone was inside, but they thought there should be someone in the apartment.

The neighbors got a flashlight and crawled into the apartment to find Horrell, who was unresponsive. They pulled Horrell out and he was transported to a local hospital, but he could not be revived. He was pronounced dead and his body has been sent for an autopsy. A dog, a Lab Mix was also killed in the fire.

A Waco Fire Department official says only one unit was affected. They evacuated other residents, but they were allowed to go back when it was determined the air quality was okay. It is believed the fire started in the kitchen area of the apartment.
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