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.