- Associated Press - Sunday, December 20, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a 62-year-old man from Hopkins has died in an accidental fire.

The Richland County Fire Marshal’s office said in a news release that combustible material too close to a heating device sparked the fire on Friday night, according to the The State newspaper (http://goo.gl/LFJPMU ).

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said in a news release that the man who died was George Lincoln Johnson.

Watts said he died at the scene of asphyxiation from smoke inhalation because of the fire.



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