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1297 Rich Court - Fire ReportNFIRS-1 Basic 40060 CA 05 16 2018 Fire Station 3 (FS3) 18-02453 0 FDID State Month Day Year Station Number Exposure Location Type Census tract: Street Address Intersection In Front Of Rear Of Adjacent To Directions US National Grid 1297 RICH Number Prefix Street or Highway Street Type Suffix San Luis Obispo CA 93401 Apt./Suite/Room City State Zip Code Cross Street Incident Type 111-Structure Fire Aid Given Or Received 1 Mutual Aid Received 2 Auto. Aid Received 3 Mutual Aid Given 4 Auto. Aid Given 5 Other Aid Given None CALFIRE 40080) California Their FDID Their State Their Incident Number Dates and Times Alarm 05 16 2018 22:57 Arrival 05 16 2018 23:04 Controlled 05 16 2018 23:40 Last Unit Cleared 05 17 2018 03:08 Shifts and Alarms B 1 Shift or Platoon Alarms District Special Studies ID#Value A B C D E1 E2 E3 Actions Taken 21-Search Primary Action Taken 10-Fire control or extinguishment, other Additional Action Taken 11-Extinguishment by fire service personnel Additional Action Taken 24-Recover body Additional Action Taken 32-Provide basic life support (BLS) Additional Action Taken 56-Provide air supply Additional Action Taken 57-Provide light or electrical power Additional Action Taken 58-Operate apparatus or vehicle Additional Action Taken 65-Secure property Additional Action Taken 80-Information, investigation & enforcement, other Additional Action Taken 81-Incident command Additional Action Taken 82-Notify other agencies. Additional Action Taken 83-Provide information to public or media Additional Action Taken 86-Investigate Additional Action Taken Resources Apparatus or Personnel Module is used. Apparatus Personnel Suppression 7 14 EMS 0 0 Other 6 0 Resource counts include aid received resources. Estimated Dollar Losses and Values Losses:Required for all fires if known. Optional for all non-fires. None Property:$ 500,000.00 Contents:$ 100,000.00 Pre-Incident Values: Optional None Property:$ 500,000.00 Contents:$ 100,000.00 Completed Modules 2 - Fire 3 - Structure Fire 4 - Civilian Fire Cas. 5 - Fire Service Cas. 6 - EMS 7 - HazMat 8 - Wildland Fire 9 - Apparatus 10 - Personnel 11 - Arson Casualties None Deaths Injuries Fire Service 0 0 Civilian 1 0 Detector Required for Confined Fires 1 - Detector Alerted Occupants 2 - Detector Did Not Alert Them 3 - Unknown Hazardous Materials Release 1 - Natural Gas 2 - Propane Gas 3 - Gasoline 4 - Kerosene 5 - Diesel Fuel / Fuel Oil 6 - Household Solvents 7 - Motor Oil 8 - Paint 0 - Other None Mixed Use Property Not Mixed 10 - Assembly Use 20 - Education Use 33 - Medical Use 40 - Residential Use 51 - Row Of Stores 53 - Enclosed Mall 58 - Business and Residential 59 - Office Use 60 - Industrial Use 63 - Military Use 65 - Farm Use 00 - Other Mixed Use F G1 G2 H1 H2 H3 I Property Use None Structures 131 Church, Place of Worship 161 Restaurant or Cafeteria 162 Bar/Tavern or Nightclub 213 Elementary School, Kindegarten 215 High School, Junior High 241 College, Adult Education 311 Nursing Home 331 Hospital 341 Clinic, Clinic-Type Infirmary 342 Doctor/Dentist Office 361 Prison or Jail, Not Juvenile 419 1- or 2-Family Dwelling 429 MultiFamily Dwelling 439 Rooming/Boarding House 449 Commerical Hotel or Motel 459 Residential, Board and Care 464 Dormitory/Barracks 519 Food and Beverage Sales 539 Household Goods, Sales, Repairs 571 Gas or Service Station 579 Motor Vehicle/Boat Sales/Repairs 599 Business Office 615 Electric-Generating Plant 629 Laboratory/Science Laboratory 700 Manufacturing Plant 819 Livestock/Poultry Storage (Barn) 882 Non-Residential Parking Garage 891 Warehouse Outside 124 Playground or Park 655 Crops or Orchard 669 Forest (Timberland) 807 Outdoor Storage Area 919 Dump or Sanitary Landfill 931 Open Land or Field 936 Vacant Lot 938 Graded/Cared for Plot of Land 946 Lake, River, Stream 951 Railroad Right-of-Way 960 Other Street 961 Highway/Divided Highway 962 Residential Street/Driveway 981 Construction Site 984 Industrial Plant Yard Property Use: Description Look up and enter a Property Use code and description only if you have NOT checked a Property Use box. Owner Local Option Person/Entity Type Business Name (if applicable)Phone Number Mr., Ms., Mrs.First Name MI Last Name Suffix Number Prefix Street or Highway Street Type Suffix Post Office Box Apt./Suite/Room City State Zip Code Remarks: First alarm dispatch to a report of a structure fire. En route was advised by dispatch that numerous calls confirmed well involved fire with an occupant trapped. Engine 3 while en route notified dispatch of a large plume of smoke and declared a working incident. Upon arrival Engine 3 reported a single family dwelling with heavy smoke coming from the front of the structure with a known rescue. Engine 3 established Rich IC with primary objective of rescue. Engine 3 initiated a primary search from side C of the building. Battalion 2 arrived on scene and took over command. Truck 1 was assigned Rescue Group with Engine 3 assigned to them. Truck 2 arrived on scene and was assigned Vent Group with primary objective of vertical ventilation. Engine 4 was assigned interior group with primary objective of suppressing the fire and Engine 21 was assigned to assist them. 3419 Huang arrived on scene and was assigned Safety with primary objective of 360 evaluation and reporting back to IC. Upon 3471's arrival they were assigned to Rescue Group. Upon Morro Bay's Truck 41 they were assigned to accountability and RIC. Rescue Group found a small dog in the Side C bedroom on the bed and removed the dog from the building and was given back to its owner. Primary search by rescue group discovered deceased male in the garage. Male was left in location and coroner was notified. Crews suppressed the remaining fire and salvage and overhaul operations began as well as investigation by Fir... Full primary narrative can be found in NFIRS 1S - Supplemental J K2 L Authorization 41550 Hais, Ray Fire Battalion Chief 05/18/2018 Officer In Charge ID Signature Position or Rank Assignment Date 41550 Hais, Ray Fire Battalion Chief 05/18/2018 Member Making Report ID Signature Position or Rank Assignment Date M NFIRS-2 Fire 40060 CA 05 16 2018 Fire Station 3 (FS3) 18-02453 0 FDID State Month Day Year Station Number Exposure Property Details B1 1 Not Residential Estimated number of residential living units in the building of origin whether or not all units became involved B2 1 Buildings Not Involved Number of buildings involved B3 None Less than 1 acre Acres burned (outside fires) On-Site Materials Or Products On-Site Materials Storage Use Ignition D1 14-Common room, den, family room, living room, lounge Area of Fire Origin D2 61-Cigarette Heat Source D3 21-Upholstered sofa, chair, vehicle seats Item First Ignited D4 71-Fabric, fiber, cotton, blends, rayon, wool Type of Material First Ignited Cause of Ignition 1 - Intentional 2 - Unintentional 3 - Failure of Equipment or Heat Source 4 - Act of Nature 5 - Cause Under Investigation U - Cause Undetermined After Investigation Factors Contributing to Ignition 11-Abandoned or discarded materials or products Factor Contributing to Ignition Human Factors Contributing to Ignition Check all applicable boxes None 1 - Asleep 2 - Possibly impaired by alcohol or drugs 3 - Unattended person 4 - Possibly Mentally Disabled 5 - Physically Disabled 6 - Multiple Persons Involved 7 - Age Was A Factor Estimated Age of Person Involved Male Female Equipment Involved In Ignition None Equipment Involved Brand Model Serial # Year Equipment Power Source Equipment Power Source Equipment Portability 1 - Portable 2 - Stationary Portable equipment normally can be moved by one or two persons. Fire Suppression Factors A B C D E1 E2 E3 F1 F2 F3 G Mobile Property Involved 1 - Not involved in ignition, but burned 2 - Involved in ignition, but did not burn 3 - Involved in ignition and burned None Mobile Property Type and Make Mobile Property Type Mobile Property Make Local Use Pre-Fire Plan Available Arson Report Attached Police Report Attached Coroner Report Attached Other Reports Attached Mobile Property Model Year State License Plate Number VIN H1 H2 NFIRS-3 Structure Fire Structure Type 1 - Enclosed Building 2 - Portable/Mobile Structure 3 - Open Structure 4 - Air-Supported Structure 5 - Tent 6 - Open Platform 7 - Underground Structure 8 - Connective Structure 0 - Other Building Status 1 - Under Construction 2 - In Normal Use 3 - Idle, Not Routinely Used 4 - Under Major Renovation 5 - Vacant and Secured 6 - Vacant and Unsecured 7 - Being Demolished 0 - Other U - Undetermined Building Height 1 Number of Stories At/Above Grade 0 Number of Stories Below Grade Main Floor Size 1500 Total Square Feet OR BY Length (ft) X Width (ft) Fire Origin 1 Below Grade Story of Fire Origin Fire Spread Confined to Object of Origin 2 - Confined to Room of Origin 3 - Confined to Floor of Origin 4 - Confined to Building of Origin 5 - Beyond Building of Origin Number of Stories Damaged By Flame Number of Stories w/Minor Damage (1-24%) Number of Stories w/Significant Damage (25-49%) Number of Stories w/Heavy Damage (50-74%) 1 Number of Stories w/Extreme Damage (75-100%) Count the roof as part of the highest story Type of Material Contributing Most to Flame Spread K1 21-Upholstered sofa, chair, vehicle seats Item Contributing Most to Flame Spread K2 71-Fabric, fiber, cotton, blends, rayon, wool Type of Material Contributing Most To Flame Spread Presence of Detectors N - None Present 1 - Present U - Undetermined Detector Type 1 - Smoke 2 - Heat 3 - Combination of Smoke and Heat 4 - Sprinkler, Water Flow Detection 5 - More Than One Type Present 0 - Other U - Undetermined Detector Power Supply 1 - Battery Only 2 - Hardwire Only 3 - Plug-In 4 - Hardwire With Battery 5 - Plug-In With Battery 6 - Mechanical 7 - Multiple Detectors Power Supplies 0 - Other U - Undetermined Detector Operation 1 - Fire Too Small To Activate 2 - Operated 3 - Failed To Operate U - Undetermined Detector Effectiveness 1 - Alerted Occupants, Occupants Responded 2 - Alerted Occupants, Occupants Failed to Respond 3 - There Were No Occupants 4 - Failed to Alert Occupants U - Undetermined Detector Failure Reason 1 - Power Failure, Shutoff, or Disconnect 2 - Improper Installation or Placement 3 - Defective 4 - Lack of Maintenance, Dirty 5 - Battery Missing or Disconnected 6 - Battery Discharged or Dead 0 - Other U - Undetermined I1 I2 I3 I4 J1 J2 J3 K L1 L2 L3 L4 L5 L6 Presence of Automatic Extinguishing System N - None Present 1 - Present 2 - Partial System Present U - Undetermined Type of Automatic Extinguishing System 1 - Wet-Pipe Sprinkler 2 - Dry-Pipe Sprinkler 3 - Other Sprinkler System 4 - Dry Chemical System 5 - Foam System 6 - Halogen-Type System 7 - Carbon Dioxide System 0 - Other U - Undetermined Required if fire was within designed range of AES Operation of Automatic Extinguishing System 1 - Operated/Effective 2 - Operated/Not Effective 3 - Fire Too Small To Activate 4 - Failed To Operate 0 - Other U - Undetermined Required if fire was within designed range Number of Sprinkler Heads Operating Required if system operated Reason for Automatic Extinguishing System Failure 1 - System Shut Off 2 - Not Enough Agent Discharged 3 - Agent Discharged But Did Not Reach Fire 4 - Wrong Type of System 5 - Fire Not In Area Protected 6 - System Components Damaged 7 - Lack of Maintenance 8 - Manual Intervention 0 - Other U - Undetermined Required if system failed or not effective M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 NFIRS-4 Civilian Casualty (1 of 1) NFIRS-9 Apparatus or Resources 40060 CA 05 16 2018 Fire Station 3 (FS3) 18-02453 0 FDID State Month Day Year Station Number Exposure B Apparatus/Resource Dates/Times Sent Number of People Apparatus Use Actions Taken ID:3471 Type: Dispatch: Arrival:05/16/2018 23:22 Clear: Sent 0 Suppression EMS Other ID:3477 Type: Dispatch: Arrival:05/16/2018 23:33 Clear: Sent 0 Suppression EMS Other ID:3593 Type: Dispatch: Arrival:05/16/2018 23:46 Clear: Sent 0 Suppression EMS Other ID:5341 Type: Dispatch: Arrival:05/16/2018 23:31 Clear: Sent 0 Suppression EMS Other ID:BC2 Type:92-Chief officer car Dispatch:05/16/2018 22:57 Arrival:05/16/2018 23:04 Clear:05/17/2018 03:08 Sent 1 Suppression EMS Other ID:BC62 Type: Dispatch: Arrival: Clear: Sent 0 Suppression EMS Other ID:BS62 Type: Dispatch: Arrival:05/17/2018 00:39 Clear:05/17/2018 03:08 Sent 0 Suppression EMS Other ID:CHIEF Type:92-Chief officer car Dispatch: Arrival:05/16/2018 23:22 Clear: Sent 0 Suppression EMS Other ID:E3 Type:11-Engine Dispatch:05/16/2018 22:57 Arrival:05/16/2018 23:04 Clear:05/17/2018 03:08 Sent 3 Suppression EMS Other ID:E4 Type:11-Engine Dispatch:05/16/2018 22:57 Arrival:05/16/2018 23:06 Clear:05/17/2018 02:19 Sent 3 Suppression EMS Other ID:PRV20 Dispatch: Sent 0 Suppression A Type:00-Other apparatus/resource Arrival:05/16/2018 23:58 Clear: EMS Other ID:T1 Type:12-Truck or aerial Dispatch:05/16/2018 22:57 Arrival:05/16/2018 23:04 Clear:05/17/2018 02:55 Sent 4 Suppression EMS Other ID:T2 Type:12-Truck or aerial Dispatch:05/16/2018 22:57 Arrival:05/16/2018 23:06 Clear:05/17/2018 02:17 Sent 3 Suppression EMS Other NFIRS-10 Personnel 40060 CA 05 16 2018 Fire Station 3 (FS3) 18-02453 0 FDID State Month Day Year Station Number Exposure B Apparatus/Resource Dates/Times Sent Number of People Apparatus Use Actions Taken ID:3471 Type: Dispatch: Arrival:05/16/2018 23:22 Clear: Sent 0 Suppression EMS Other Personnel ID Name Rank Role Attend Actions Taken ID:3477 Type: Dispatch: Arrival:05/16/2018 23:33 Clear: Sent 0 Suppression EMS Other Personnel ID Name Rank Role Attend Actions Taken ID:3593 Type: Dispatch: Arrival:05/16/2018 23:46 Clear: Sent 0 Suppression EMS Other Personnel ID Name Rank Role Attend Actions Taken ID:5341 Type: Dispatch: Arrival:05/16/2018 23:31 Clear: Sent 0 Suppression EMS Other Personnel ID Name Rank Role Attend Actions Taken ID:BC2 Type:92-Chief officer car Dispatch:05/16/2018 22:57 Arrival:05/16/2018 23:04 Clear:05/17/2018 03:08 Sent 1 Suppression EMS Other Personnel ID Name Rank Role Attend Actions Taken 41550 Hais, Ray Battalion Chief ID:BC62 Type: Dispatch: Arrival: Clear: Sent 0 Suppression EMS Other Personnel ID Name Rank Role Attend Actions Taken ID:BS62 Type: Dispatch: Arrival:05/17/2018 00:39 Clear:05/17/2018 03:08 Sent 0 Suppression EMS Other Personnel ID Name Rank Role Attend Actions Taken ID:CHIEF Dispatch: Sent 0 Suppression A Type:92-Chief officer car Arrival:05/16/2018 23:22 Clear: EMS Other Personnel ID Name Rank Role Attend Actions Taken ID:E3 Type:11-Engine Dispatch:05/16/2018 22:57 Arrival:05/16/2018 23:04 Clear:05/17/2018 03:08 Sent 3 Suppression EMS Other Personnel ID Name Rank Role Attend Actions Taken 57385 Larson, Jody Captain 59710 Lipson, Matthew Engineer 92335 Williams, Joseph Firefighter ID:E4 Type:11-Engine Dispatch:05/16/2018 22:57 Arrival:05/16/2018 23:06 Clear:05/17/2018 02:19 Sent 3 Suppression EMS Other Personnel ID Name Rank Role Attend Actions Taken 61580 Mason, Ryan Engineer 54190 King, Michael Firefighter 38890 Gonzalez, Steven Captain ID:PRV20 Type:00-Other apparatus/resource Dispatch: Arrival:05/16/2018 23:58 Clear: Sent 0 Suppression EMS Other Personnel ID Name Rank Role Attend Actions Taken ID:T1 Type:12-Truck or aerial Dispatch:05/16/2018 22:57 Arrival:05/16/2018 23:04 Clear:05/17/2018 02:55 Sent 4 Suppression EMS Other Personnel ID Name Rank Role Attend Actions Taken 62800 MacDonald, John Captain 36520 Gatton, Christopher Engineer 46535 Hicks, Gene Engineer 57382 Larsen, Patrick Firefighter ID:T2 Type:12-Truck or aerial Dispatch:05/16/2018 22:57 Arrival:05/16/2018 23:06 Clear:05/17/2018 02:17 Sent 3 Suppression EMS Other Personnel ID Name Rank Role Attend Actions Taken 50050 Jeckell, Matthew Captain 36065 Gabriele, Geovoni Firefighter 54183 King, John Engineer NFIRS-1S Supplemental 40060 CA 05 16 2018 Fire Station 3 (FS3) 18-02453 0 FDID State Month Day Year Station Number Exposure Primary Narrative: First alarm dispatch to a report of a structure fire. En route was advised by dispatch that numerous calls confirmed well involved fire with an occupant trapped. Engine 3 while en route notified dispatch of a large plume of smoke and declared a working incident. Upon arrival Engine 3 reported a single family dwelling with heavy smoke coming from the front of the structure with a known rescue. Engine 3 established Rich IC with primary objective of rescue. Engine 3 initiated a primary search from side C of the building. Battalion 2 arrived on scene and took over command. Truck 1 was assigned Rescue Group with Engine 3 assigned to them. Truck 2 arrived on scene and was assigned Vent Group with primary objective of vertical ventilation. Engine 4 was assigned interior group with primary objective of suppressing the fire and Engine 21 was assigned to assist them. 3419 Huang arrived on scene and was assigned Safety with primary objective of 360 evaluation and reporting back to IC. Upon 3471's arrival they were assigned to Rescue Group. Upon Morro Bay's Truck 41 they were assigned to accountability and RIC. Rescue Group found a small dog in the Side C bedroom on the bed and removed the dog from the building and was given back to its owner. Primary search by rescue group discovered deceased male in the garage. Male was left in location and coroner was notified. Crews suppressed the remaining fire and salvage and overhaul operations began as well as investigation by Fire Marshall Maggio. Upon arrival of Coroner they requested that fire personnel take pictures and remove the victim due to the IDLH atmosphere. With coroner overseeing, removal crews from Engine 4 and Truck 1 began the documentation and removal of the victim. Salvage and overhaul operations were completed. Smith and Sons was notified for board up. Building was secure and all units were released. For further timeline information please see dispatch cad notes. Battalion Hais Additional Narrative (#1 of 1 ): Investigator: Rodger Maggio, San Luis Obispo Fire Department Date: May 16, 2018 Location:1297 Rich Court Victim: Gregory Lynn Johnson, DOB 01/15/1950 Weather: 56 degrees F, rH 80%, overcast On Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at approximately 11:30 PM I received a call from San Luis Obispo City Fire and Police Dispatch requesting that I respond for investigation to a reported structure fire with a fatality at 1297 Rich Court, San Luis Obispo. Upon arrival, at approximately 11:45 PM, I checked in with the incident commander, Battalion Chief Ray Hais. I observed an approximate 1500 square foot one-story single family dwelling under going overhaul by fire suppression crews. HAIS stated that two adults lived in the residence and that one female self extricated and that one adult male was still inside. Hais also informed me that fire crews had rescued the family dog from the back bedroom during the primary search. I examined the exterior of the structure by going clockwise around the property. On side 'A', facing Rich Court, I observed significant fire damage to the Garage on the A/D corner, with severe fire damage to the overhead door. There was a Chevy pickup in the drive way with significant fire damage from front diminishing towards the rear. There was a side window on side B of the garage that was opposite the front door of the house. Both opening showed signs of fire ventilation. Side 'B' of the house was unremarkable. Side 'C' showed no sign of fire damage until I rounded he corner and observed significant fire damage to a patio wooden pergola structure that was inset from the rear wall with more severe damage from the building outward. In this area was a sliding glass door and another window, the glass was broken out of both. The main electrical panel was located on side 'C' and it appeared that all of the breakers had been shut off. In the 'C'/'D' corner of the residence was a wood pergola structure over a patio. A sliding glass door and an adjacent window opened up onto the patio. The glass to both the sliding door and window were missing and the frames exhibited extensive fire damage. The ends of the wood cross- members of the pergola facing the sliding glass door exhibited the most charring and consumption. On Side 'D' I observed a covered carport with a smaller Jeep SUV under it. On the other side of the Jeep was a small tool shed. The burn patterns on the tool shed indicated that the fire exposure was from the outside in with the heaviest damage facing the house. The burn patterns on the Jeep also indicated that the fire originated in the home. There was a distinct pattern on the exterior wall of the garage where a door from the garage was open to the carport. It appeared that the fire in the garage vented through this opening. The roof over the garage at the intersection with the demising wall between the garage and the den had burned through. Prior to entering the structure I was informed that by Battalion chief Ray HAIS that one of the residents had perished in the A fire. Firefighters had discovered the remains of the 68 year old male in the garage of the home. Entering the residence through the front door on side 'A' I observed heavy smoke deposits on the ceiling and walls of the living room, some minor heat damage where the living room opened up to the kitchen. As the fire appeared to have originated from the kitchen/den area to my right I continued down a hallway towards the bedrooms in order to examine the interior of the home from the least damaged to the most. The smoke staining continued down the hall and into what appeared to be the master bedroom. I did not observe any significant heat damage in the bedroom. I did note an electrical subpanel in the bedroom closet, several breakers had been tripped. Entering the kitchen area from the hallway I observed consumption of the upper portion of the kitchen cabinets, the window on side 'A' was broken out ant heavy charring around door that led into the garage, as well as heavy damage to a wooden shelving cabinet to the left of the door to the garage. The wooden cabinetry directly above the stove top was relatively intact which indicated to me that the fire did not start on the stove. The burn patterns in the kitchen were consisted to damage done by ceiling jets and ventilation. The kitchen opened up to a den area that had a sliding glass door and a window that opened onto the patio with the pergola on side 'C' of the structure. With the exception of a bookcase in the D/A corner of the den, all combustible furnishings in the den had been consumed by the fire. The walls and ceiling of the den consisted of plaster over gypsum board. The den appeared to have gone through flashover with heat signatures all the way down to floor level. With the exception of the wall between the den and the garage, the walls were intact. The wall between the garage and den had been compromised, however it appeared that most of the damage was done by fire crews overhauling the fire as the majority of the wood framing only exhibits minor damage. The ceiling had been compromised with some charring of the ceiling framing in what appeared to be from the top down. I observed electrical wiring with the insulation burned off hanging from the ceiling the ends appeared to exhibit beading". It appears that the door between the kitchen and the garage was open during the fire. The fire consumed the overhead door, vented out that open, the opening into the carport and through the roof. It appeared that the fire entered the attic above the den by way of the separation wall in the garage. After my scene examination I was led to the individual who had reported the fire who's name was Greg. He stated that he was walking by and heard a woman screaming and saw flames through the roof of the garage and called the fire department. Due to the emotional condition of the surviving resident I held off my interview with her until the following day. On Thursday, May 17 at approximately 12:00 PM I met "Sandy" at her residence. Pre-fire pictures send by the decedents son , Nickolas, shows a cloth covered couch perpendicular to the garage wall, facing the television. All the photos, which were taken over several years show different blankets or quilts on the couch in every instance. The photos also show candles on the coffee table, in front of the couch. Summary and opinion: It is my opinion that this fire initiated as a smoldering fire then became well involved before the fire department was called. This opinion is based on the heavy sooting in the rooms not involved in fire and the witnessed actions of the decedent, that he may have been disoriented. It is also my opinion that based on burn patterns and witness statements, this fire originated in the couch in the den, where it became free burning spreading through the kitchen into the garage. Although no one witnessed the victim smoking on the couch, a cigarette is a competent ignition source for the material first ignited which was most likely the bedding or cushion on the couch which was completely consumed in the fire. It is my opinion that this was an accidental cause for this fire. end********