One dead, eight escape in early morning house fire

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One man was found dead in the basement of a home in the Frogtown section ofg St. Paul after a fire broke out around 8:00 a.m. Sunday. KMSP quoted fire crews who said the basement window wasn't up to code, which trapped the victim.

The victim was in his mid-30s and sleeping in the basement, according to the Pioneer Press. Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard told the newspaper the dead man was a friend of the family who lived in the home, but his name has not been released. The victim was a smoker, so fire officials are investigating cigarettes as a possible cause of the fire, Zaccard said.

The Star Tribune reported that eight other people escaped the blaze after smoke detectors went off at the house on the 700 block of Lexington Parkway North. The residence is a one-story, single-family dwelling that was built in 1951, according to Ramsey County property records cited by the newspaper.

The Red Cross is assisting the family members with emergency housing.

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