Elderly man identified as victim of fatal fire


July 27, 2012 2:31:48 PM PDT
A man who died in a fire at an apartment building in San Francisco on Wednesday has been identified by the medical examiner's office as 78-year-old Roosevelt Watts.

The two-alarm fire was reported at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday at a three-story building at 65 Cleary Court, located near Laguna Street.

The blaze started in an apartment on the second floor and spread to a third-story unit, according to fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge.

Watts, a San Francisco resident, was in an apartment on the second floor, Talmadge said.

Two other men suffered smoke inhalation from the fire but declined to be taken to a hospital, while one firefighter suffered a minor laceration, according to Talmadge.

She said the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.