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Duluth man dead in East Hillside fire

A 73-year-old Duluth man is dead after a fire in the East Hillside Saturday morning. Jerry Keppers, acting assistant fire chief, said the fire in a unit at the S-Elect apartment building, 801 E. Second St., was reported at 11:21 a.m. Saturday. Du...

A 73-year-old Duluth man is dead after a fire in the East Hillside Saturday morning.

Jerry Keppers, acting assistant fire chief, said the fire in a unit at the S-Elect apartment building, 801 E. Second St., was reported at 11:21 a.m. Saturday.

Duluth police said a second-floor resident went into the hallway after the fire alarm sounded and could see smoke coming from Apartment 216 across the hall. He went in and found the apartment filled with smoke. The neighbor put out a small fire but found the resident unresponsive.

Keppers said firefighters and Gold Cross ambulance personnel removed the man, but he did not survive. The victim's name is being withheld until family members can be notified. Cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner but appeared to be related to the fire and was not suspicious, Keppers said. Police said the victim had extensive pre-existing medical problems.

It appeared the fire was caused by smoking materials, but that wasn't officially determined, Keppers said. Damage to the building was no more than $1,000.

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