Man dies in smoking-related house fire in Muncie

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MUNCIE, Ind.– An investigation is underway after a deadly house fire in Muncie Wednesday.

Around 12:20 p.m., crews were called to the home in the 1400 block of North Tillotson Avenue, just south of York Prairie Creek.

One person died in the fire, officials said. The coroner’s office identified the victim as 70-year-old Carl Rinehart Jr.

Investigators believe the fire started in relation to the use of cigarettes. It was ruled accidental.

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