Painter burnt to death while lighting a cigarette
COIMBATORE: In a freak mishap, a 35-year-old painter died in a fire that broke out when he lit a cigarette after smearing himself with a combustible chemical to remove paint marks near here, police said on Saturday. After returning to his home in Karumathampatti, the man applied thinner to remove the paint and then lit a cigarette. But a spark triggered a fire, which engulfed him soon. On hearing his screams, neighbours rushed to the spot and admitted him to a government hospital here. But he succumbed to injuries without responding to treatment.
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