January 28, 2016 4:06 pm
Updated: January 28, 2016 5:00 pm

Fatal fire still under investigation

A fire in the city's northwest end on Jan. 22 left one man dead.

Stewart Manhas / Global News

REGINA – The cause of a fire last week that left one man dead is still undetermined.

On Jan. 22, a 48-year-old man was found in critical condition in a burning duplex at 374 Markwell Dr. around 2 a.m.

The man was removed from the house and died after he was transferred to EMS.

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Two people on the other side of the duplex were safely evacuated.

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Regina Fire has concluded its investigation into the fire. Investigators say the fire originated in the kitchen and was not caused by unattended cooking, the duplex’s electrical system or appliances.

They added careless use of smoker’s material cannot be rules out as the source.

Regina Police is no longer holding the scene, but the coroner is continuing to investigate the death.

Police say at this time, the fire is not considered a criminal case.

The man’s name will not be released. Damage to the duplex is extensive and Regina Fire says it will likely be a total loss.

Anyone with information on the fire is asked to contact Regina Police at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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