JEFFERSON, Ga. — Authorities say a fire that claimed the life of an 80-year-old Georgia man was accidental.

The Athens Banner-Herald quotes Office of Insurance and Safety Commissioner Jay Florence as saying Wednesday’s house fire in which Leroy Johnson died was caused by the improper use of smoking materials.

A spokesman for the department said a neighbor reported the fire after 10 a.m. Wednesday. A Jefferson firefighter found Johnson’s body in a bedroom of the home. Fire investigators believe he had been smoking while in bed.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald,

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