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1 person dead after overnight house fire in St. Paul

Authorities are now investigating the cause of the fire.

One person was killed as the result of a fire in St. Paul early Sunday morning, marking the city's first fire death of the year.

Reports say the blaze broke out at a home on the 1200 block of Clarence Street, which is about two miles northeast of downtown.

Multiple people managed to make it out of the fire, with two jumping from a second-floor window to escapes the flames, the Pioneer Press reports. 

According to the Star Tribune, the first person to jump through the window landed without serious injury — and then managed to catch his nine-year-old son when the boy jumped as well, breaking his fall. 

The paper says the man who died inside the home was "another family member," but he has not been identified yet. 

Firefighters were able to rescue several others, deploying a ladder to pull five people to safety from a window on the second floor, FOX 9 says. 

No firefighters or other civilians were injured.

Winter is a particularly dangerous time for fires in Minnesota, with the State Fire Marshal's website noting that "most home fires occur in the winter" due to increased use of heaters.

The Clarence Street fire is now under investigation. 

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