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Fire victim died of smoke inhalation

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 74-year-old man who was killed in a Halloween night house fire died of smoke inhalation, the medical examiner found.

Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Thomas Rutledge said the cause of the devastating fire in the Sugarloaf Country Club in Duluth remains a mystery.

Rutledge said investigators determined the fire began on the back side of the house in a keeping room on the main level off the kitchen.

The body of Dwight Craig - who had stayed behind while his wife, daughter and grandchildren went trick-or-treating - was found on the main level in a bedroom on the opposite side of where the blaze began, Rutledge said. The main level had collapsed into the basement, he said.

Rutledge said the medical examiner is awaiting toxicology reports and investigators are still trying to determine the fire's cause.

"There's nothing to lead them to believe the fire was anything but accidental in nature," he said. "We may never know the exact cause of the fire because the amount of destruction."

A memorial for Craig, a Lawrenceville native and retired banker, will be held Monday. Family members speculated he went back into his daughter's Moye Trail house to save the family pet.