Space heater caused Saturday's fatal fire in Augusta, official says

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 5:42 PM
Last updated 7:41 PM
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The cause of the fire that killed a 92-year-old man on Apricot Drive on Saturday was a space heater, according to a fire department official.

Carl Glymph was wrapped in a blanket and sitting close to a space heater when the blanket caught fire, said Richmond County Fire Battalion Chief Ivan Bolgla.

Richmond County chief deputy coroner Mark Bowen said an official cause of death has not been determined yet.

About 6 p.m. Saturday, the fire department responded to a call of a structure fire with people inside. Glymph’s daughter, his former caretaker and her boyfriend escaped the house. Glymph’s body was found in a back room, Bolgla said at the scene. The fire destroyed the house.

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paperhearts 10/30/12 - 05:55 pm
Something sounds fishy, the

Something sounds fishy, the daughter and boyfriend get out fine but the man is the only one to perish. Reading this made me get a sick feeling in my stomach.

Fiat_Lux 10/30/12 - 06:25 pm
What an absurd comment

Unless there is another version of this story, we are told above quite clearly that the man's blanket caught fire because of he was sitting too close to a space heater. He was WRAPPED in the blanket. It's very likely his daughter and her boyfriend, once they realized there was a fire, couldn't even get into the room with him, much less save him.

What are you thinking they should have done, PaperHearts? Stuck around and died right along with him?

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