Elderly Sikeston man dies after catching fire while smoking


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

SIKESTON, Mo. - An elderly man died after he caught himself on fire while smoking a cigar.

Sikeston Police said they received a call last night in reference to a fire. When they arrived, they found 97-year-old John Yount inside his home with severe burns.

A family member was able to extinguish the flames with a towel.

Yount was taken to a hospital, but later died. A family member told police that he frequently fell asleep while smoking.