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A Cedar Bluff man died after suffering a medical episode and falling into a heater unit inside his home on Ridge Street in Cedar Bluff on Tuesday morning.
Cherokee County Coroner Paul McDonald said that no foul play is suspected and confirmed that 65 year old Jimmy Hudgins (known to many as ‘Bear) of Cedar Bluff died after suffering what was described as a significant medical issue, McDonald said that as a result of the episode Hudgins fell into a nearby heater which caused him to catch fire causing significant burns to his much of his body.
Cedar Bluff Firefighters, Cedar Bluff Police, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Fire Investigator, Floyd EMS units and the Cherokee County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene with assistance from JSU Center for Applied Forensics.
Hudgins was pronounced dead at the scene.