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Officials: Elderly Fire Victim's Clothing Ignited by Wood Stove

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    Family members say 91-year-old Armand St. Laurent was killed in a fire in Charlton, Massachusetts. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016)

    A fire that killed a 91-year-old Massachusetts man last week started when his clothes were ignited by a wood stove, investigators have determined.

    Armand St. Laurent was killed Wednesday afternoon at his home on Berry Corner Road in Charlton. According to the Massachusetts Fire Marshal's Office, the fire began in St. Laurent's woodworking shed.

    Investigators say the stove caused St. Laurent's clothing to catch fire, ultimately burning him to death. The shed sustained little damage.

    The fatality was the 48th caused by fire in Massachusetts this year. The fire marshal's office notes that more than a dozen of those victims were over the age of 65.

    "This was a tragic loss to the family made more painful happening just before Thanksgiving," Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey said in a statement.

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