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Wheelchair catches fire, man dies

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POSTED February 5, 2014 8:31 p.m.

RED BLUFF  (AP) — A Northern California man has died after his wheelchair caught fire, authorities say.

Red Bluff Police say they received a report just after 5 p.m. Tuesday that 65-year-old Garry Parish and his powered wheelchair were on fire.

The blaze was extinguished by a witness on the scene, and Parish was taken to St. Elizabeth Community Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

The Record Searchlight newspaper reported that police say a lit cigarette may have caused the fire, though the case is still under investigation.

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