Candle Caused Fatal Fire, Investigators Say

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - An Athens-Clarke fire investigator said a candle sparked Monday's blaze that killed a retired University of Georgia art professor.

Fire Inspector Alan Morse said the fire was ruled an accident. He said it started when a candle set a couch on fire in a bedroom.

The wood-frame house was heavily damaged.

Authorities said 66-year-old William "Bill" Mariott died from smoke and soot inhalation.

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