UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A 57-year-old man died when a fire broke out at a University City home Friday night, firefighters said.
The blaze broke out at a home in the 8000 block of Appleton. The man and his mother were home at the time.
The man, later identified as Richard Clements, was in the basement when the fire started.
His 85-year-old mother was on the first floor. Firefighters said when they rescued her, she was in cardiac arrest, but they were able to get her pulse back. There is no word on her condition.
According to University City's Fire Chief, the cause of fire was smoking in bed.
No other information has been released.