Second person dies from injuries received in Omaha house fire

Oct 19, 2012

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a second man injured in a house fire in Omaha has died.

A Nebraska Medical Center spokesman says 39-year-old Billy Boyer died Friday. Another man pulled from the fire, 66-year-old Merlin Gardner, died on Wednesday.

They were among six people injured in the Tuesday morning fire.

The hospital spokesman, Paul Baltes, says 42-year-old Joseph Mangiamelli remains in critical condition.

The three others injured in the fire are no longer hospitalized.

Fire department investigators say the fire was caused by the improper storage of gasoline in plastic water containers. One of the plastic containers ruptured and gas vapors were ignited by the pilot light of a gas furnace.

The fire cause has been determined to be accidental.

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