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Officials: 3 killed in Knox Co. fire died of smoke inhalation from fire started by wood stove


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Investigators say a wood-burning stove is the likely cause of a Knox County house fire that killed three people this week.

An autopsy has determined that all three died of smoke inhalation during the Thursday morning fire.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports ( the fire at the two-story home was accidental and likely caused by the stove.

The 6:30 a.m. blaze killed James Ralph Overton, 73; his wife, Edith Nell "Blondie" Overton, 63; and the couple's 47-year-old son, James "Derek" Overton. The deaths are three of the 18 that Tennessee emergency officials have attributed to the recent winter storm.

Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel,

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