Man Mysteriously Dies After Mattress Fire

By Kendra Lyn
|  Friday, Feb 8, 2013  |  Updated 8:05 AM CDT
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Vietnam vet and Katrina survivor dies after evacuating from his apartment due to a mattress fire.

Kendra Lyn, NBC 5 News

Vietnam vet and Katrina survivor dies after evacuating from his apartment due to a mattress fire.

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A Vietnam veteran and survivor of Hurricane Katrina is dead after an early Friday morning fire.

Kim Kimper, 65, died shortly after being evacuated from his apartment at 5110 Bryan Street in Dallas.

Neighbors say they heard Kimper's cries for help and ran downstairs to discover a very small fire on his bed.

According to arson investigators, the neighbors were able to use fire extinguishers to put out the fire and told Kimper to leave his apartment and sit in a chair.

When paramedics arrived on the scene, they found him dead, sitting in the chair, without any burns to his body.

Neighbors said Kimper smoked cigars, but fire crews did not see evidence of those starting the fire.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner will investigate Kimper's cause of death, which is still unknown.

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