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1 man dies, woman injured in house fire

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MASON CITY (AP) — A cigarette was blamed for a house fire in Mason City that killed a man and injured a woman.

The Globe Gazette reports firefighters responded to the fire late Wednesday and found the occupants in different parts of the home.

Authorities say 62-year-old Jesse Pierce, who owned the home, was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died.

Cherie McClemons, a 59-year-old woman who lived in the house, was taken to a local hospital and then transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Fire officials say the blaze started when a cigarette fell from an ashtray into the cushions of a living room recliner.

The home’s smoke detectors didn’t have batteries.

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