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Firefighters: electrical problem in car caused deadly Lewiston fire

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LEWISTON, Idaho -

The Lewiston Fire Department says an electrical problem in a car is what caused a house fire that killed a Lewiston man late Tuesday night.

Firefighters say when they arrived at the home on Juniper Drive, flames were coming out of the garage and the house was full of smoke. Crews evacuated the neighbors as a precaution.

When they got inside the home, they found 83-year-old Robert Greene unconscious in the living room. Firefighters say Greene wasn't breathing, and they pulled him out of the house to perform CPR until an ambulance arrived.

Greene was taken to St. Joseph's Regional Hospital where he later died from breathing in too much smoke. The Lewiston fire chief says the flames never left the garage, and they came from an electrical problem in Greene's car.

"There's still the battery providing electrical energy and you get a short in there," Fire Chief Travis Myklebust said. "Because of cars nowadays there's a lot of plastics and flammables it allows the car to start and of course being in a confined spot, a garage, it doesn't take long to start"

Firefighters say they also spent some time searching for Greene's wife, because they believed she was inside the home as well. Crews say they later found out she was taken to the hospital just a few days beforehand.

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