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Nov 30, 2012 8:06 AM by AP

Man killed in Patterson house fire

PATTERSON, La. (AP) - Authorities are investigating fatal house fire in Patterson.

State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says a 78-year-old man died in Thursday morning's fire.

Browning says the sole survivor of the fire told investigators that she was awakened during the night by her husband and by the sound of smoke detectors.

She told firefighters that the bedding under which they were sleeping was on fire.

Browning says the woman escaped the flames, but the husband remained behind attempting to extinguish the flames. His body was found in the area of the master bedroom.

Authorities did not release the names of the couple.

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