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Cause of fire killing first UofL African-American football player released

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Lawrence Simmons (Source: Family photo) Lawrence Simmons (Source: Family photo)
Lawrence Simmons (Source: Family photo) Lawrence Simmons (Source: Family photo)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The cause of a fire that took the life of University of Louisville's first African American football player has been released.

Lawrence Simmons, 79, was killed when the fire broke out in his home in the 2100 block of West Oak Street on Saturday.

Officials said an electric space heater started the fire in Simmons bedroom and trapped him inside.

On Saturday his family said they will miss him, "I can say he was my idol." Norman Simmons explained, "Not taking things for granted and just being thankful that the Lord has kept you in this life."

Simmons died from smoke inhalation. He played football for UofL in 1952.

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