Man Killed During Monday Apartment Fire In Van Buren Identified

VAN BUREN, Ark. (KFSM) — An early morning apartment fire in Van Buren left one man dead on Monday (April 1).

Sgt. Jonathan Wear of the Van Buren Police Department identified the man on Thursday (April 4) as Mark Arnold, 42.

Wear said Monday the fire happened shortly after 2 a.m. at an apartment at 1601 Elfen Glen.

Crews found Arnold in the back bedroom of the apartment. An initial investigation shows the fire was caused by cooking.

Fire Marshal Stanley Clark wants to remind people to be vigilant.

"Remember you're cooking. It's easy to get distracted these days playing on your phone, just talking on the phone in general. Just really pay special attention while you're cooking," Clark said.

The fire was contained to just one apartment.  A few other apartments received smoke damage.

One neighbor was put in a hotel by the Red Cross the night of the fire.

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