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Smoking may be to blame for fatal Bloomington fire

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BLOOMINGTON, IL (WREX) -

Authorities say smoking materials may be the cause of the weekend house fire that claimed the life of a 72-year-old Bloomington man.

James Pearson died at a Normal hospital early Sunday after he was rescued from the fire at his home. According to McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling, Pearson was a smoker and had "significant health issues." An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Bloomington's fire chief said an oxygen tank could have accelerated the fire. Four firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling the blaze.

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