WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A man was killed Wednesday afternoon when a house caught fire on Charter Drive in Wilmington.
Investigators determined the cause early Wednesday night.
Fire officials ruled the fire to be accidental.
They say it was caused by improperly discarded smoking material.
Damage estimates are $175,000 structural and $50,000 to contents.
According to David Hines with the fire department, more than 30 firefighters from the city and county battled the flames which sparked around 1:30 p.m. Hines said they were able to knock out the fire within 15 minutes.
Danny Miller, 66, was killed in the fire.
The Wilmington Police Department is investigating the official cause of death to determine if a crime was committed. The SBI arrived shortly after 3:00 p.m. to assist in the investigation.
Charter Drive was blocked off in both directions into the early evening Wednesday.