The fire department received a 911 call at 2:02 a.m., and firefighters arrived two minutes later to find the garage engulfed in flames. The roof and walls collapsed three minutes later. Crews eventually found the victim's in an escaping position under debris near the side door. An autopsy revealed elevated carbon monoxide and alcohol levels in his blood.
Investigators determined that smoking materials had ignited a couch and that the fire spread undetected until most of the garage's contents were ablaze.