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Crews find 71-year-old man dead in Marshalltown house fire

October 4, 2021 GMT

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — A 71-year-old man died in a house fire in Marshalltown over the weekend, officials there said.

Firefighters were called to a house reported to be on fire around 5 a.m. Sunday, the Times-Republican reported. Arriving firefighters and police officers found smoke and flames coming from the house and said neighbors reported hearing knocking and screams coming from inside the home, but that flames kept anyone from being able to immediately enter.

Firefighters knocked down the flames after taking out a window, but by the times crews were able to enter the home, the man was found dead, officials said. His name was not immediately released.

The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire, and an autopsy has been ordered.