Former Dallas City Councilman Chaney dies in fire

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

DALLAS (AP) - A former Dallas City Council member has died following a fire at his home.

Officials say 62-year-old Leo Chaney Jr. was unresponsive when Dallas Fire-Rescue firefighters discovered him Monday afternoon. Chaney died at a Dallas hospital.

Chaney, who served on the city council from 1999 to 2007, was alone in his residence.

Authorities are trying to determine what sparked the fire. The victim's brother, Terrence Chaney, says investigators are looking at a possible electrical problem. He also says authorities suspect his brother succumbed to smoke inhalation.

The coroner's office on Tuesday did not immediately provide a cause of death.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings praised the former council member for his public service. Rawlings says Chaney did so much for southern Dallas and the community he loved.

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