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Saint John fire officials believe fatal fire was accidental

One person died as a result of a structure fire in west Saint John Wednesday afternoon. Andrew Cromwell/Global News

The Saint John Fire Department believes a fatal fire on the city’s west side Wednesday afternoon was accidental.

Crews were called to 19 Loyalist Lane shortly before 1pm. Platoon Chief Barry Oickle says they were told a person could be in the basement area.

Heavy smoke and high heat were encountered when trying to access the basement where the victim was found.

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A man was declared dead at the scene. His name has not been released.

Another person escaped the fire with minor injuries.

Fire officials are continuing their investigation.

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