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Authorities have identified a man found dead outside of his home after it caught fire.

Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki said deputies and area fire departments were sent to the 2000 block of W. Applegate Road to investigate a fatal house fire Monday afternoon.

The department now says the homeowner, 65-year-old Terry Gene Warner, died after being exposed to smoke prior to making it outside.

Warner was found not far from his home.

A final determination of the cause of death is pending the official autopsy report.

The Michigan State Fire Marshal is continuing to search for a cause of the fire.

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