Victim identified in Muncie house fire

A 70-year-old man has died in a Muncie house fire. (WTHR Staff / Sarah Jones)
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MUNCIE, Ind. (WTHR) - A Muncie man is dead after a fire Wednesday afternoon in the 1400 block of North Tillotson Avenue.

A homecare worker was coming to check on Carl Rhinehart Jr., 70, and smelled smoke. They then called the fire department.

The Muncie Fire Department said the fire was quickly contained and smoke damage was limited to a couple of rooms.

Crews removed Rhinehart from the house, but he died.

Firefighter believe the cause of the fire was a cigarette found on the chair where Rhinehart was sitting.

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