Dead man may have started fire

STAFF REPORT



SARASOTA COUNTY -- Authorities dispatched Thursday to a morning house fire discovered a 91-year-old man likely caused the fire after he died.

Sheriff's detectives think Leslie Jenkinson, who lived on the 2800 block of Woodcrest Drive, died while sitting in his home and smoking his pipe, said Lt. Chuck Lesaltato. The ashes may have then fallen out of the pipe and started a small fire on the carpet just before 10 a.m.

A male nurse showed up to the house, saw the fire, and notified authorities.

"We don't believe there was foul play involved," Lesaltato said.

The Sheriff's Office and the state fire marshal's office are still investigating the fire.