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House Fire Kills Benton City Man

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BENTON CITY, Wash. - The Benton County Coroner said an elderly man died as a result of smoke inhalation after his house caught fire Thursday night. 

Family and friends are grieving the loss of 83-year-old John Bequette.

The fire broke out on 13th Street in Benton City at 11 o'clock Thursday night.

Bequette was found in a back bedroom and taken to Kadlec Hospital where he ultimately died Friday.

Benton County Sheriffs and Benton County Firefighters are trying to determine a cause of the fire.

Authorities believe an electrical problem may have started the fire but the exact cause is still unclear. 

Friends said Bequette was very active in the community and said he will be missed.