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House fire kills one

A 67-year-old man died of smoke inhalation before firefighters could reach him after flames erupted in the resident’s Warren Street rental unit on Wednesday night.

Gary Finley was pronounced dead at the scene and an autopsy performed Thursday revealed he died of asphyxiation, according Tim Biggs of the Contra Costa County Coroner’s office. Martinez Police Sgt. Detective Jon Sylvia stressed while police had ruled out foul play, the exact cause of the fire and Finley’s death is still under investigation and would not be known until a toxicology report completed. Continue reading House fire kills one