A Glendale teacher died of smoke inhalation and burns after a fire broke out in his home last week, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Police have ruled the death an accident.
Phillip A. Shrader, 43, was found dead in the bathroom of his two-story home on Vista Superba Drive last Thursday night, Glendale police said. Investigators said the fire, which started about 11:18 p.m., apparently was caused by Shrader's smoking in bed.
The fire was reported by Shrader's roommate, who awoke to the sound of Shrader's pounding against his bedroom walls in an attempt to summon help, Police Sgt. Steve Campbell said.
The roommate called the Glendale Fire Department, then got out of the house, Campbell said. Firefighters said Shrader was overcome by smoke in his bathroom, where he had apparently carried smoldering pillows to extinguish them.