A Spencer man was killed in an apartment fire shortly after midnight early this morning. Fire Chief Doug Duncan says heavy smoke and fire greeted firefighters upon their arrival at 12:11 a.m. from the front of the building.

After making their way through severe heat and fire 59-year-old Wayne Weier Sr. was found dead in the kitchen. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death. The cause of the fire, which originated in the northeast living room area of the house on the main floor, has been ruled accidental as an electric space heater ignited a sofa in the living room.

No intentional sources were determined. The home, which sustained $25,000 in damage due to severe heat and smoke damage throughout, cannot be occupied at this time. No other injuries were reported.