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Fatal Fayetteville Fire Caused By Cigarette

Posted December 19, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— Fayetteville arson investigators have said that a cigarette was the cause of a fatal fire today.

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Neighbors noticed smoke coming from the house off Princeton Street around 9 Thursday morning.

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One man tried unsuccessfully to save 71-year-old Magdaline Royster.

Investigators found her just feet from the front door. They believe she was trying to get out.