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Fatal fire caused by cigarette

November 12, 2004

Lowndes County - A fire that killed a Lowndes County man last week was caused by a cigarette.

Seventy-one year old Craig Barnes died last Monday morning when his home on Thornwood Drive caught fire.

Investigators say the fire likely started in the bedroom where Barnes was smoking. They think he was able to get out of the house, but went back inside and was overcome by smoke.

"It appears he escaped through the front door and them remembered something and went back in, and we found a discharged fire extinguisher he had in the home where he might have been trying to fight it but it was too far gone when he went back in," said Chief Jim Fielding.

Investigators say the fire had been burning for about an hour before it was noticed.

posted at 4:10 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com