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Man dies after Indianapolis apartment fire on New Year’s Eve

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A man has died after being awakened by firefighters during an apartment fire on New Year’s Eve.

Frederick Spinks, 50, died of smoke inhalation on Sunday.

The Indianapolis Fire Department was sent to 6210 Newberry Road at the Timber Brook Apartments at 11:35 p.m. Dec. 31. That’s near 65th Street and Shadeland Avenue.

The department says heavy smoke filled the apartment, and the fire was contained to a pile of papers and books.

Rescuers pulled Spinks through a third-floor window. He told firefighters that he was unaware of the fire until he was woken up and rescued.

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