Cigar blamed in fire death of 97-year-old Mo. man
Thursday, February 28, 2013
SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) — A 97-year-old southeast Missouri resident has died after catching himself on fire while smoking a cigar.
KFVS-TV reports that John Yount of Sikeston died Tuesday. A relative told police that Yount had frequently fallen asleep while smoking and apparently caught himself on fire while smoking a cigar.
Sikeston police arrived at Yount’s home to find him with severe burns. He was taken to a hospital in Cape Girardeau, then transferred to St. Louis, where he died later Tuesday.