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Man dies in fire sparked by cigarette

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Police in Spartanburg said a cigarette sparked a fire that killed a man early Sunday morning.

Capt. Regina Nowak said officers were called to a house fire on South Cleveland Park Drive around 3:30 a.m.

Inside the house, firefighters found an unconscious man who, according to incident reports, was injured and barely breathing.

Coroner Rusty Clevenger identified the victim as James Tipton, 51.

Nowak said an investigation showed that a cigarette on a couch started the fire and that it appeared Tipton tried to get out of the house by breaking windows, which resulted in cuts on his hands and arms.

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