Cigarette Sparks Deadly Fallon Fire

Authorities say a deadly house fire that killed a Fallon woman was sparked by a burning or smoldering cigarette.

An autopsy found Connie Jean Winterton, 41, died of asphyxiation.

The Churchill County sheriff's office said the fire Monday began in a recliner.

Authorities said Winterton told her 6-year-old daughter to leave the house when the smoke detector activated, but she herself remained in the house for unknown reasons.

The child was unharmed and ran to a neighbor's house, who called for help.


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