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52-Year-Old Man Found Dead after Superior Fire

Updated: February 05, 2020 06:39 PM

A 52-year-old man died during a fire in Superior on Tuesday night. 

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According to Fire Chief Scott Gordon, a passerby noticed smoke coming from somewhere near East 2nd Street and 23rd Avenue E. 

It turned out to be a home at 2532 E 2nd Street. Firefighters were delayed, Chief Gordon said, because they didn't have an exact address. However, he said the passerby still did the right thing.

"Even though the person that called 9-1-1 didn't know where the fire was, they still made early notification," Gordon said. "Had that not happened, it would have taken us even longer to get there."  

When crews got there, a neighbor told them that one person lived in the home and that his vehicle was still there. Crews went in and found him quickly with the help of a thermal imaging camera.

Outside the house, they started doing CPR, and then Mayo ambulance crews took over. However, the man was pronounced dead.

Chief Gordon said there were no audible smoke or CO detectors in the home. 

The fire wasn't very big when they arrived, Gordon said, but by the time firefighters got the man out and went back to fighting it, it had grown. It took them about three hours to put it out.

The home is a total loss. The victim's name is not being released at this time.

Gordon reminded people that they have plenty of smoke detectors available for free, and volunteers with the Red Cross would donate time to install them. 

"Smoke detectors save lives," he said. "We say it all the time, but this is a reality. Smoke detectors save lives." 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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