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A 51-year-old man died in a fire in an apartment building in Campbellton on Thursday. (CBC)

A 51-year-old man was killed in a fire in Campbellton that broke out in a basement apartment in the northern community on Thursday.

The fire at 24 Central Street was mostly confined to a basement apartment in an older house that also contained five apartments.

The fire was reported shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday.

Nine other tenants, including several children, were displaced by the fire, according to the RCMP.

The man who died was the only person living in the apartment where the fire started. 

The RCMP and the Office of the Fire Marshal are investigating the cause of the fire and the man's death. The police said in a statement on Thursday that foul play was not suspected.

The identity of the victim has not been released.

The adjacent apartments suffered smoke damage. 

The Canadian Red Cross arranged emergency accommodations for the nine people displaced by the fire. 

The tenants may be allowed to return to the building on Friday.