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UPDATE: Name of person killed in Charles City apartment fire released

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CHARLES CITY, Iowa (KTTC) -- Charles City police have released the name of a man killed in an apartment fire on Monday.

Police said Joshua Nelson, 27, lived in the four-unit apartment complex at 303 5th Avenue.

Charles City Fire Chief Eric Whipple said when firefighters arrived at about 2:40 p.m. on Monday, the front porch and the front entryway to the building were fully engulfed.  Later, investigators said they believe the fire started in a piece of furniture on the front porch, likely from "discarded smoking material."

"When most of the fire was knocked down, an interior search was started, and inside the structure a person was found to have died inside one of the apartments," said Whipple, in a statement to reporters. 

The Charles City Fire Department identified Linda Brant of Charles City as the owner of the building.  The structure was heavily damaged by fire, smoke and water.

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