Officials: Fatal Fire in Fairfax Was an Accident

By Joe Gullo

Published 04/14 2014 05:10PM

Updated 04/14 2014 06:16PM

FAIRFAX, Vt. - Officials say a fire in Fairfax that killed one person was an accident.

The victim was 80-year-old Joseph Benoit.

Police say the fire was started when Benoit's clothing caught fire. He'd been trying to light his wood stove.

Benoit's wife tried to help him, but was forced out of the house when it became too dangerous.

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