LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man charged in a fatal apartment fire says he was drinking and smoking near his oxygen tank when it caught fire.

Police in Clark County, Kentucky charged 55-year-old Jackie Hisle Jr. with three counts of second-degree manslaughter. The fire happened Friday at the Spring Mist Apartments in Winchester.

Three people were killed during the fire, including Hisle's son. At least five others were injured.

Hisle says he isn't sure whether a lit cigarette or something in his ashtray sparked the blaze. An arrest citation says Hisle had been warned previously about smoking near the oxygen tank.

He's being held on a $1 million bond.


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