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Vicitim ID'ed in Watertown fire

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WAYNE REEDER / The Wilson Post

The identity of the man killed in a Watertown fire on Monday has been released.

Watertown Assistant Police Chief Joe Hall identified the 73-year-old man as William P. Rutland and said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

"As far as we know it looks like it was an accident. There was nothing suspicious," Hall said. Experts said it appears that Rutland died of smoke inhalation; however, they are still waiting on an autopsy to confirm cause of death.

Wilson Emergency Management Agency responded to a call about a single-wide trailer fire at 225 Newtown Road around 11:40 a.m. on Monday. Watertown Volunteer Fire officials were first on the scene. Upon arrival, the residence was 50 percent involved.

Although the home did have a wood-burning stove for heat - a cause for the fire has not been proven.

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