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Fatal Eugene Fire Cause Determined

dogwood drive fire2EUGENE, Ore. — Investigators are calling Monday night’s fatal fire in south Eugene an accident.

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.

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