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The man's body was found in the driver's seat of his burned-up car in southwest Roanoke in May.
The Roanoke Times | File May
Chris Mayes, 40, helps clean up debris left after an early-morning vehicle fire outside the Ivy House, a home in the 400 block of Allison Avenue in Roanoke that contains several apartment units.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Officials Monday said a May car fire that killed a Roanoke man has been ruled accidental. Dwight Eugene Cecil, 69, died in the fire , according to a Roanoke Police Department news release. His death was also ruled accidental by the Roanoke medical examiner’s office.
Cecil’s body was found in the driver’s seat of his 1989 Chevrolet Caprice four-door sedan in the 400 block of Allison Avenue Southwest after firefighters extinguished a blaze shortly after 3:42 a.m. on May 6. He lived in that block, according to the release.
Roanoke Fire-EMS determined the fire was accidental, according to the news release. Fire department spokeswoman Tiffany Bradbury said investigators weren’t able to pinpoint an exact cause but confirmed it was not criminal in nature.
Jim Adkins, who lives in a house on the street, said in May that the Caprice was old and rarely driven. He said Cecil usually drove a different car and that it was not uncommon for Cecil to start the Caprice just to let it run.
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