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Search for cause of deadly fire in Forty Fort

The search is on for the cause of Monday's deadly fire in Forty Fort.

FORTY FORT, Pa. — A man is dead after a fire in Luzerne County.

Firefighters were called to Myers Street in Forty Fort just after 5 p.m. Monday.

The fire chief says the 911 center received several calls from neighbors that a home on their block was going up in flames.

"There was heavy fire showing out of the backside of the building, and the 911 center on dispatch said they received multiple calls," said Kingston Forty Fort Fire Chief Frank Guido.

The fire chief tells us the flames apparently had a good start.

"A single-story home with heavy fire showing out of the backside. An initial search was done, and the victim was not found. Secondary search, they found the victim inside the rear of the house," added Chief Guido.

Chief Guido says the victim was found in what he calls a sunroom off the kitchen. 

The name of the 67-year-old victim has not been released. Firefighters believe he lived here alone. An autopsy indicates that he died from smoke inhalation.

The chief adds the flames were knocked down quickly. The Kingston Forty Fort Fire Department had help from a couple of companies from across the river, Wilkes-Barre and Plains Township.

The cause of the deadly fire here in Luzerne County is still unknown.

A state police fire marshal is now part of the investigation.

No firefighters were hurt Monday evening in Forty Fort.

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