A fire early Monday morning at 106 Hemlock Street has claimed the life of a city man. Investigators say 65-year old Daniel Dupont was killed in the fire.

Fire Chief Scott Kruger tells WBSM News that firefighters arrived at the scene shortly before 5 a.m. and spotted heavy smoke and flames coming from a second floor apartment. Firefighters entered the building but had trouble getting into the apartment.

Kruger said the apartment was blocked from the inside by a large amount of storage and combustable materials and was difficult to get into.

The victim was finally located and taken to St. Luke's Hospital with serious injuries. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Another person was rescued from the third floor suffering from smoke inhalation, and was also transported to St. Luke's. That person is expected to survive.

Firefighters spent more than four hours at the scene. Kruger said a total of eight adults and four children were displaced by the fire. Right now, the fire has been deemed accidental.

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