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State fire investigators are still working to determine what caused a fire inside a Garden City apartment that claimed the life of a 66-year-old man who was inside the home at about 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Firefighters from Garden City and Laketown were dispatched to the Bear Hollow Apartments at approximately 380 W. 300 North, Garden City, or two-thirds of a mile northwest of LaBeau’s, with information that there may have been a person inside the structure.

According to Rich County Sheriff Dale Stacey, a 66-year-old man who was home alone was found dead inside the structure when a deputy arrived on scene moments after the page.

The man’s name is not being released at this time.

Garden City Fire Chief Mike Wahlberg said the fire originated in the living room, and it appears that once the fire started, the man tried to get out of the home but may have been overcome by smoke inhalation.

A dog inside the home also required medical treatment, Wahlberg said. Local firefighters and a deputy rendered aid and oxygen to the dog before a firefighter transported him to a veterinarian in Montpelier.

Fire damage was contained to the living room, although there was smoke damage throughout.

Stacey said the a state fire marshal was at the home Wednesday afternoon working to determine the cause of the fire.

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Amy Macavinta is the crime reporter for The Herald Journal. She can be reached at amacavinta@hjnews.com.