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'Carelessly discarded cigarette' sparked fatal Wayne Twp. fire, officials say

WAYNE TWP., Pa. - Investigators say the fire that claimed the life of an elderly man in Schuylkill County was sparked by a cigarette.

Russell Harley, 89, died in the fire Thursday.

The fire broke out in an apartment in the 1800 block of Fair Road in the Summit Station section of Wayne Township.

Fire officials say it originated in the living room area of the apartment.

They determined the most likely cause was from a "carelessly discarded cigarette, or stray ash."

Officials say the damage is estimated in excess of $50,000. No other injuries were reported.

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