UPDATE: Man, 61, dies in Racine house fire

UPDATED Wednesday, February 12, 2014 --- 8:28 p.m.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say careless smoking caused a house fire that killed a 61-year-old man in Racine.

Firefighters were called to the home just before midnight Tuesday and found fire coming from the roof. Once firefighters were able to force their way inside, they found Mark Halonen on a couch in the living room, where the fire started.

Lt. Craig Ford of the Racine Fire Department tells The Journal Times (http://bit.ly/1nv4Ez3) the fire was caused by careless use of smoking materials.

Racine County Medical Examiner Michael Payne says Halonen died of thermal injures from the flames and extreme heat.

Crews worked on boarding up the damaged home early Wednesday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2014 --- 7:40 a.m.

One person is dead after an early morning house fire in the town of Racine.

The fire broke out just before midnight Tuesday at a home on Wright Avenue.

Upon arrival, officials found a man dead in the living room. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Although, authorities believe the fire broke out in the living room and then spread to the roof of the home.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of the family.

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