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South Coast Man Charged With Arson, Murder Stemming From House Fire

Autopsy shows victim died from smoke inhalation

A Ventura County man has been charged with arson, and murder for a fire which left one of the home’s residents dead.

Prosecutors say on Monday, Branden Lackie set a sofa on fire at his rental home on Talbert Avenue in Simi Valley.

An autopsy shows David Crammond died from smoke inhalation. The 49-year-old man was a tenant in the home.

Lackie hasn’t entered a plea to the charges yet.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.