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Elderly homeowner dies in Freeport house fire

The fire broke out around 9 a.m. Friday.

An elderly man was killed in a house fire that broke out Friday morning.

The blaze was reported south of Freeport at 9 a.m., with callers reporting smoke coming from the house.

They said they believe the homeowner was still inside, and when firefighters arrived the fire was well developed, and the house was engulfed a short time later.

After the fire was extinguished, crews found the homeowner's body inside.

He has been identified as Harvey Mayers, 82, of Freeport.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal. Nobody else was injured.

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