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Names Released in Crystal Falls Fatal Fire

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The name of the man who died in a house fire in the Crystal Falls area has been released.

74-year-old Aaron Orton died Wednesday, apparently after he tried to use gasoline to get a fire going in the fireplace.

Orton´s wife Doris suffered only minor injuries, and told authorities her husband typically used a blowtorch and lighter fluid to start a fire.

She´s now staying with her daughter in Modesto.

An autopsy was performed yesterday, according to Lt. Roger Dittburner with the Tuolumne County Sheriff´s Department. The cause of Mr. Orton´s death was asphyxia from smoke inhalation.

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