SC man dies trying to escape fire

Berkeley County woman struck, killed on highway (Image 1)
Berkeley County woman struck, killed on highway (Image 1)

Authorities say a man found dead in a fire in his Spartanburg home had cuts on his hands and arms from trying to break windows to get away from the flames.

Police say the fire that killed 51-year-old James Tipton started around 3:30 a.m. Sunday after a lit cigarette fell on a couch.

Firefighters found Tipton unconscious on the floor of his home covered in blood. He died a short time later at the hospital.

An autopsy has been ordered to confirm how Tipton received the cuts and what killed him.

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