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Man dies in fire that destroyed east Hamilton home

One person is dead after a fire gutted a home in east Hamilton on Easter Sunday. Hamilton Fire Department on Twitter (@HamiltonFireDep)

Hamilton police say a man died in a house fire in the city’s east end on Sunday.

Firefighters were called to a one-storey home on Quebec Street, between Brampton and Rennie Streets, at about 8 a.m.

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Hamilton fire Chief Dave Cunliffe says crews found heavy smoke and flames coming from the basement of the residence.

Cunliffe says one male resident had managed to escape the burning home but told firefighters on scene that he believed his brother was still in the basement.

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Firefighters entered the fully engulfed home but were eventually forced to withdraw because of deteriorating conditions and a floor collapse. Cunliffe says that forced an “external defensive attack” to extinguish the main body of fire.

Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal was called in to assist with the investigation.

On Tuesday, Hamilton police confirmed a deceased man was found in the basement of the home.

Hamilton fire says the home suffered about $400,000 in damage.

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