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Man found dead in central Edmonton apartment fire

WATCH ABOVE: One person is dead after an early morning fire west of downtown. It happened in a four-storey walk-up apartment. Erin Chalmers reports.

EDMONTON – A man believed to be in his 30s was found dead following an early morning fire at an apartment building in central Edmonton’s Westmount neighbourhood.

Fire crews were called to the four-story walkup at 10625 122 St. just before 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Residents were evacuated from all 48 suites, and crews made their way into the third floor suite where the fire originated.

“Unfortunately we did find one victim inside,” said District Fire Chief Brian Lees, who didn’t know much about the victim.

“All I know, it’s a male, approximately in his 30s, other than that we have no indication, it’s under the hand of fire investigators,” said Chief Lees.

Watch below: District Fire Chief Brian Lees speaks about early-morning fire at apartment building in central Edmonton

Person found dead after apartment building fire in central Edmonton
Person found dead after apartment building fire in central Edmonton

Officials have not yet determined the cause of death. Edmonton police and Edmonton Fire Rescue are investigating.

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Black soot from the fire could be see around the blown-out windows of the third floor unit where the fire began. The fire was quickly brought under control, but crews remain on scene throughout the morning.

About 70 people were displaced by the fire. They were put on ETS busses, and an emergency response team was sent in to help hand out food, medications and help figure out accommodations.