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Man dies after fire at Bloomington assisted living community

Posted at 2:50 PM, Nov 12, 2022
and last updated 2023-01-05 15:41:20-05

Editor's note: A previous version of this story stated that the Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office was investigating the fire. A spokesperson told WRTV Wednesday that they are not involved in the investigation.

BLOOMINGTON — The Monroe County Coroner says one man died from his injuries after a fire at a Bloomington assisted living community.

The fire happened Saturday morning at Evergreen Village, located off of S. Heirloom Drive.

Coroner Joani Stalcup identified the man as Rickey Harper, 66, of Bloomington.

Stalcup says Harper's death was ruled an accident caused by Cardiac Dysrhythmia due to Flash Fire with a contributory cause of Atherosclerotic Heart Disease.

According to its website, Evergreen Village consists of a three story building with 115 studio and one-bedroom apartments. It opened in 2018.

Gardant Management Solutions, the parent company of Evergreen Village, shared the following statement.

Evergreen Village in Bloomington is devastated by the loss of one of our residents.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the resident’s family at this difficult time. We are cooperating with the local authorities and are not at liberty to discuss the matter publicly. We ask all to respect the privacy of the deceased resident and his family.