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Smoking not Ruled out as Cause of Maine Fatal Fire
01/30/2013 4:54 PM ET  

The fire at 57-year-old Mark Beaton's home early Tuesday killed him and his 56-year-old brother, Paul.

EASTON, Maine (AP) _ State fire investigators say the exact cause of a house fire that killed two brothers in the northern Maine town of Easton can't be determined, but that smoking can't be ruled out.

Officials say 57-year-old Mark Beaton and his 56-year-old brother, Paul, were killed early Tuesday in a fire at a Mark Beaton's home. Eight other adults who were in the house escaped to safety.

The state Fire Marshal's Office said most of the group had been drinking alcohol for several hours before the fire was discovered, and most were also smoking. The fire started in the living room near a couch.

Officials say there were no smoke detectors in the house, and that the victims died of smoke inhalation.

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