AUTOPSY ORDERED TO DETERMINE WHETHER MAN DIED IN FIRE

AUTOPSY ORDERED TO DETERMINE WHETHER MAN DIED IN FIRE

The Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Service Department has requested an autopsy after an elderly man died Friday while burning a ditch on his property in Las Mesa.

Firefighters pulled the body of 82-year-old William Dawkins from the ditch after the family called for emergency assistance. Fire investigators believe Dawkins collapsed from a medical condition and fell into the ditch, but the autopsy will determine the sequence of events that led to his death.

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