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House fire kills 42-year-old in southern Illinois

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Associated Press

SHAWNEETOWN -- A 42-year-old southern Illinois man has died after a fire at his home in Shawneetown.

Fire officials say Mark P. Scates was pronounced dead on Wednesday at Harrisburg Medical Center.

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Gallatin County officials say they're investigating and aren't sure what started the blaze.

Shawneetown is about 50 miles west of Carbondale, near the Ohio River.

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