Second Fire in 3 Days at Apt Complex Where Man Died in Sunday's Fire

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A Livonia father burned in an apartment fire has died, and firefighters were back at the complex early today to put out another fire.

Livonia Fire Department Battalion Chief Brian Miencier said this morning that the 41-year-old man burned in Sunday's fire at the Franklin Square Apartments died from from injuries suffered in Sunday's blaze.

Firefighters received another call for a fire at the same building at 28850 Lancaster, just off 5 Mile, at 2:42 a.m. today, he said.

"We just had a lot of smoke; we were able to knock it down fairly quick," Miencier said.

The eight-unit building was empty, uninhabitable after Sunday's 5:30 a.m. fire that also left the Livonia father's 10- and 7-year-old children in serious condition. Firefighters had to rescue the 10-year-old from the burning apartment. All three were flown by helicopter to the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center.

Miencier said an update on the children's conditions was not available this morning. The man's 42-year-old wife and their 2-year-old were treated and released for minor injuries.

Investigators were still trying to determine what caused Sunday's fire when today's blaze broke out.

He said firefighters now also will look at how today's blaze began.

One firefighter suffered a minor knee injury during today's fire but should be back on the job in a couple of days, said Miencier.

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