It happened in the 1900 block of Dogwood Drive. A man in his 70s died. His mother in her 90s survived.
Based on the victim’s autopsy report and an interview with the victim’s mother, investigators say the man suffered a stroke while smoking a cigar. They say the cigar fell, and his chair caught on fire.
At first, investigators thought the cause was undetermined, but investigators say that doesn’t mean unknown.
“As an investigator, I have to think about if this fire goes to court for whatever reason, whether it be civil or criminal or anything like that, would I be able to sit on the stand and testify this was what caused this fire.” said Keith Haggins, Deputy Fire Marshall.
The fire did an estimated $200,000 in damage.